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Mrs Robert C. Howard Richmond

Photo credit: Royal Institution of Cornwall

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Thomas Sully was born in Horncastle, Lincolnshire. In 1792 he travelled to Charleston, South Carolina and studied under his brother-in-law Jean Belzons and his elder brother Lawrence Sully, both miniaturists. He lived in Richmond until 1806 when he went to New York and, in 1807, to Boston. From 1809 to 1810 he was in London, where he shared a studio with Charles Bird King. He studied under Benjamin West who introduced him to Thomas Lawrence who became a major influence. He was known as 'the American Lawrence'. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and painted Queen Victoria in 1837/1838.

Royal Cornwall Museum



oil on canvas


H 61 x W 51 cm

Accession number

TRURI : 1947.7

Acquisition method

gift, 1947

Work type


Royal Cornwall Museum

River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ England

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