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Provenance Research: Elizabeth A. Brook Weed (Mrs. Robert J. Arundel) Portrait

Provenance research revealed that though the letter of attribution contained many errors, the portrait of Elizabeth Weed Arundel descended impeccably within two families. The attribution of the artist of the portrait to Thomas Sully, however, is questionable. The next step to determining the actual artist was Connoisseurship. Continue reading

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John Neagle (1796-1865)

John Neagle (1796-1865) began his artistic career as an apprentice coach painter.  In his teens and early 20s, he worked as an itinerant artist in Kentucky and Louisiana.  Returning to Philadelphia in 1820, he sought training from Bass Otis (1784-1861), … Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Paintings: The Mill Boy, 1844, Part 2

The Mill Boy by George Caleb Bingham was painted in 1844 shortly after the artist returned from four years on the east coast. There he had been exposed to the work of many artists. An especially popular piece was Thomas Sully’s The Torn Hat, … Continue reading

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