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Portrait of Mary Anne Heide Norris

Companion to Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1960-78-1

Thomas Sully, American (born England), 1783 - 1872

Made in United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

30 5/16 x 25 1/4 inches (77 x 64.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of G. Heide Norris, 1960

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Thomas Sully painted this portrait of Mary Anne Heide Norris along with a pendant portrait of her husband, William, five years after their marriage. Mrs. Norris's idealized likeness demonstrates the artist's interest in varying textures, as seen in the contrasts among her satin dress, fur stole, and porcelain skin. Set in a landscape with a dramatic sky, Mrs. Norris is sheltered by a high wall that harmoniously echoes the curvature of her figure and clothing.