Thomas Sully, 1839 - The Gypsy Girl - fine art print

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Notes from the Curator: Sully considered the high point of his life to be the trip he made to London in 1837 to paint a full-length portrait of the young Queen Victoria. The artist’s journal entry of September 18, 1837, records that Edward Carey, a publisher and art collector, suggested that Sully make the trip to England and offered him one hundred dollars in advance for pictures to be painted either in England or on the artist’s return to Philadelphia. Sully’s "Register of Pictures" indicates that he painted The Gypsy Girl for Carey for a price of three hundred dollars, designing it in England before beginning it in Philadelphia on February 24, 1839, and finishing it there on September 9, 1839. In an apparent contradiction Sully’s journal entry for January 25, 1839, indicates that he "began ... England." Sully is best known as a portraitist, but of the more than twenty-six hundred paintings he made, nearly six hundred were genre and thematic paintings, what he called "fancy pictures." Of these, more than two dozen were of peasant children like this gypsy girl, a subject that appealed very much to early Victorian taste and the purchasers of the period’s elaborately illustrated gift books. The Gypsy Girl appeared in the 1842 volume of The Gift: A Christmas and New Year’s Present as an engraved illustration for Charles West Thomson’s poem "The Gipsy’s Chaunt." Sully’s register records other paintings of gypsy Children, some made as early as 1828, and drawings survive. However, the specific inspiration for Sully’s The Gypsy Girl, the "Hints obtained in England," may have been A Gipsy Girl, 1794 (Royal Academy of Arts, London), the diploma picture of Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), which Sully would have had a chance to see in London at the Royal Academy of Arts. Known to his admirers as "the American Lawrence," Sully was a great admirer of the English artists as the dramatic style of his own The Gypsy Girl attests, in its dramatic contrasts, flowing lines and rich, warm color.

Notes from the Contributor: Painting by Thomas Sully (Museum: Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Details on the original artwork

Title of the artpiece: "The Gypsy Girl"
Categorization: painting
Category: modern art
Time: 19th century
Year of creation: 1839
Approximate age of artwork: 180 years
Original medium of artwork: oil on canvas
Artwork original size: 29 7/8 x 24 7/8 in (75,88 x 63,8 cm)
Museum / collection: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum location: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Museum website:
Artwork license: public domain
Courtesy of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (

The artist

Name: Thomas Sully
Other artist names: thos. sully, Sully Thomas, sully thos, Sully, Thomas Sully, sully t., thos sully
Gender of the artist: male
Nationality: American
Jobs of the artist: painter
Country of the artist: United States
Artist category: modern artist
Styles: Romanticism
Age at death: 89 years
Year of birth: 1783
Birthplace: Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Died in the year: 1872
City of death: Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States

About this product

Product categorization: art reproduction
Reproduction method: reproduction in digital format
Production process: UV direct print (digital printing)
Product Origin: produced in Germany
Type of stock: production on demand
Product usage: wall decoration, gallery wall
Orientation: portrait alignment
Image aspect ratio: 1 : 1.2
Image aspect ratio interpretation: the length is 20% shorter than the width
Materials you can choose from: acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), canvas print, poster print (canvas paper), metal print (aluminium dibond)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) size variants: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) size options: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Poster print (canvas paper): 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Aluminium print (aluminium dibond material) options: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Framing of the art copy: no frame

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  • Aluminium dibond print: Aluminium Dibond prints are metal prints with a true depth - for a modern impression and non-reflective surface. The Aluminium Dibond Print is your perfect introduction to art prints made with aluminum.
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  • Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating): The print on acrylic glass, often described as a plexiglass print, transforms your favorite original artwork into beautiful décor. The work of art will be manufactured thanks to the help of modern UV direct print technology. This creates the impression of rich and deep color tones. The great advantage of a plexiglass fine art copy is that contrasts plus minor image details will be more exposed thanks to the precise tonal gradation. Our plexiglass with real glass coating protects your selected art print against light and heat for many more years to come.

The product offering

In 1839 Thomas Sully painted the romanticist masterpiece called The Gypsy Girl. The artpiece has the following size: 29 7/8 x 24 7/8 in (75,88 x 63,8 cm). Oil on canvas was applied by the North American painter as the medium of the artpiece. Nowadays, the artpiece is in the the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's collection. The modern art masterpiece, which belongs to the public domain is provided with courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( . What is more, the alignment of the digital reproduction is portrait with a side ratio of 1 : 1.2, which implies that the length is 20% shorter than the width. Thomas Sully was a painter of American nationality, whose artistic style can be classified as Romanticism. The Romanticist artist lived for 89 years - born in the year 1783 in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom and deceased in the year 1872.

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