Thomas Sully (American, 1783-1872), Portrait of Robert Maskell Patterson
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on canvas (lined), unsigned, inscribed on the verso and dated 1866 (likely a transcription from original canvas), presented in a later gilt frame with brass gallery plaque.
SS 29.5 x 24 3/8 in.; DOA 36.5 x 31.5 in.
From the Estate of Sir John R. H. and Lady Thouron, removed from Historic Doe Run Farm, a Du Pont Legacy Christie's Interiors, Sale 2136, Lot 169, February 9, 2009
Robert Maskell Patterson (1787-1854) was born in Philadelphia. He was a professor of natural philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and later served as director for the US Mint from 1835 to 1851. He was President of the American Philosophical Society, a founder of the Franklin Institute and also a founder of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia. A portrait of Dr. Patterson is documented in Thomas Sully’s Register of Portraits. The register notes that Sully’s portrait is “from a Port. by Du Bois,” referring to Samuel Fisher Du Bois (1808-1889) of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Over-cleaned; re-touch visible under UV light; minor rubbing to frame.
$1,000 - 2,000