Acquired directly from the artist; by descent in the family of the sitter to the present owner
Edward Biddle and Mantle Fielding, The Life and Work of Thomas Sully, New York, 1970, p. 202, no. 1009
Sully painted portraits of several members of the Kuhl and Dillard families of Philadelphia, including Henry Kuhl's wife. The present sale includes a portrait of the sitter's son-in-law Thomas Dillard (lot 203) and his grandaughter Matilda (lot 202). Henry Kuhl (1764-1856) was chief clerk of the U.S. Comptroller's Office and cashier of the Bank of the United States. He was also a founder of the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and of St. Andrews Church, Philadelphia.