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Mrs. Klapp (Anna Milnor)

A work made of oil on canvas.
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Thomas Sully
American, born England, 1783–1872

About this artwork

Over the course of his 70-year career, Thomas Sully painted more than two thousand portraits, including Dr. Joseph Klapp (1950.1363) and Mrs. Klapp (Anna Milnor). Sully’s portrayal of Philadelphian Anna Milnor Klapp features her Empire-style dress and stand-up collar with flourishing brushstrokes of silver, gray, and white. The fluted, monumental column in the background underscores the period taste for elegance and classical traditions. The companion portrait depicts Joseph Klapp in contemplation, emphasizing his study of medicine. Together, the portraits present an image of a sophisticated couple that celebrates their prosperity, intelligence, and taste.


On View, Gallery 172


Arts of the Americas


Thomas Sully


Mrs. Klapp (Anna Milnor)


Philadelphia (Place depicted)

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Oil on canvas


92.1 × 71.5 cm (36 1/4 × 28 1/8 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Annie Swan Coburn to the Mr. and Mrs. Lewis L. Coburn Memorial Collection

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