Portrait of a Girl Reading (1842). Thomas Sully (English-born American Painter, 1783-1872).
Studied under Sir Thomas Lawrence and Benjamin West. Specialized in portraits. Lawrence taught Sully how to produce flowing, glossy brush strokes for the elegant, romantic poses that earned him the nickname “the Lawrence of America.”
His likenesses of 500 historic figures, including Daniel Boone, Benjamin Franklin, and U.S. presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and Andrew Jackson, are national treasures. In 2000, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City presented a retrospective of his drawings and canvases.