Thomas Sully, the youngest of the nine, was born in 1783. His formal education in New York was cut short in 1794 when his mother died. He returned to Richmond and the family trade, then with his father and all the others, they moved to another theater managed by his father's brother-in-law in Charleston, South Carolina. It was here that Thomas decided to follow in his brother, Lawrence's, footsteps and veer off into painting. There, keeping it all in the family so to speak, he apprenticed to his sister's husband, Jean Belzons, a miniaturist who had recently come over from France. During the next ten years Thomas Sully studied under a virtual pantheon of portrait painters ranging from John Trumbull, Gilbert Stuart, and later in London, Benjamin West and Henry Fuseli. With this kind of training, and the family pedigree in the arts, he was bound to be a success.
|Andrew Jackson, 1824, Thomas Sully|
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