|Title||Robert Gilmor, Jr.|
|Artist 2||after Sir Thomas Lawrence|
35 7/8 x 28 3/4 inches
|Signature||TS after Lawrence, 1823|
|Credit line||Bequest of Mrs. Leila Ladson Jones|
A wealthy Baltimore merchant, Robert Gilmor was one of America's earliest and most significant art collectors. He is known for his patronage of Thomas Doughty, Thomas Cole and other artists of the Hudson River School.
The son of actors, Thomas Sully came to Charleston in 1792 and, by 1801, was painting professionally. A close friend of native artist Charles Fraser, together they frequented local theater productions while honing their skills as young aspiring artists. Sully's portrait of Sarah Gilmor reflects her fascination with the neoclassical. Her opulent costume and serene expression enhance her status in American society. The portrait of Robert Gilmor is one of two copies after Sully's teacher in England, Sir Thomas Lawrence.