Study of the Queen's Robes (Study for Portrait of Queen Victoria)

Artist: Thomas Sully (American, Horncastle, Lincolnshire 1783–1872 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Date: ca. 1838

Medium: Graphite on paper

Dimensions: 9 1/16 x 18 13/16 in. (23 x 47.8 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Lent by Mrs. Arthur A. Houghton Jr.

Accession Number: L.1994.29.4 recto


Since Sully would not paint his full-length portrait of Victoria until he returned to Philadelphia, it was crucial that he record costume details on paper. This sketch is inscribed with the artist's color notes: "naples yellow and Bt Sienna / glazed Lake."