Fanny Kemble (1834). Thomas Sully (American, 1783–1872). Oil on canvas. White House.
"… The actress’s softly brushed, loosely contoured, impossibly long shoulder and her right arm are put into virtually the same plane, close to the picture’s surface. This unusual, contrived pose—the upper body is a tall narrow lozenge, the right elbow its insubstantial base—injects a wistful, ephemeral note, complemented by the exquisite transparency of the organdy sleeve."