Diagram of the Colors Used to Paint the Portrait of Queen Victoria

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

Date: ca. 1838

Medium: Brown ink and oil on paper

Dimensions: 4 7/8 x 7 11/16 in. (12.4 x 19.5 cm)

Classification: Drawings

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

Accession Number: 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.