Thomas Sully - Isabella Tod Stewart, 1837

Thomas Sully (Horcastle, Lincolnshire, 1783 - 1872, Philadelphia)

Isabella Tod Stewart, 1837

Oil on canvas , 75 x 62 cm (29 1/2 x 24 7/16 in.)

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(Horcastle, Lincolnshire, 1783 - 1872, Philadelphia)

Object details

Accession number

P17w51

Primary Creator

Thomas Sully

Full title

Isabella Tod Stewart

Creation Date

1837

Provenance



Presumably bequeathed by David Stewart (1810-1891), Isabella Stewart Gardner's father, to Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1891.

Marks

Inscribed (on the canvas, verso, in red paint): TS 1837 [the 'TS' joined]

Dimensions

75 x 62 cm (29 1/2 x 24 7/16 in.)

Display Media

Oil on canvas

Dimension Notes

Frame: 100.1 x 87.5 cm (39 7/16 x 34 7/16 in.)

Web Commentary

Isabella Tod Stewart was Isabella Stewart Gardner's paternal grandmother and namesake. This portrait was painted by Thomas Sully--an American artist famous for having painted Queen Victoria. Sully’s canvas shows a graceful woman with fair coloring and wearing an almost translucent bonnet. This painting, probably passed down to the younger Isabella’s father David Stewart and then to her, was a family heirloom and likely treasured by the founder. She displayed it in the Short Gallery opposite her own portrait by Anders Zorn.

Permanent Gallery Location

Short Gallery

Bibliography

Philip Hendy. Catalogue of Exhibited Paintings and Drawings (Boston, 1931), pp. 347-48, ill. (as soon after Sully's first visit to London, 1809)
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 123.
Morris Carter. "Mrs. Gardner & The Treasures of Fenway Court" in Alfred M. Frankfurter (ed.). The Gardner Collection (New York, 1946), pp. 4-5, ill.
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), pp. 244-45, ill. (as before May 1837)
Hilliard Goldfarb and Susan Sinclair. Isabella Stewart Gardner: Woman and the Myth. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1994), pp. 2, 33, no. 4. (as 1837)

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Commentary

Isabella Tod Stewart was Isabella Stewart Gardner's paternal grandmother and namesake. This portrait was painted by Thomas Sully--an American artist famous for having painted Queen Victoria. Sully’s canvas shows a graceful woman with fair coloring and wearing an almost translucent bonnet. This painting, probably passed down to the younger Isabella’s father David Stewart and then to her, was a family heirloom and likely treasured by the founder. She displayed it in the Short Gallery opposite her own portrait by Anders Zorn.