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  • Diagram of the Colors Used to Paint the Portrait of Queen Victoria, ca. 1838
    Thomas Sully (American, born England, 1783–1872)
    Brown ink and oil on paper

    4 7/8 x 7 11/16 in. (12.4 x 19.6 cm)
    Lent by Mrs. Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1994 (L.1994.29.6)

    While in London, Sully painted a half-length portrait of the queen for the engravers Hodgson and Greaves (now in the Wallace Collection, London). They made mezzotints for sale from the image. Sully made this record of his palette, so as to use the same pigments for the full-length picture he would paint once back home in Philadelphia.

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    Diagram of the Colors Used to Paint the Portrait of Queen Victoria, ca. 1838
    Thomas Sully (American, born England, 1783–1872)
    Brown ink and oil on paper

    4 7/8 x 7 11/16 in. (12.4 x 19.6 cm)
    Lent by Mrs. Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1994 (L.1994.29.6)


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