About this artwork
Over the course of his 70-year career, Thomas Sully painted more than two thousand portraits, including Dr. Joseph Klapp and Mrs. Klapp (Anna Milnor). Joseph Klapp was born and raised in Albany, New York, but studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and settled in Philadelphia. In the portrait, Klapp rests his elbow on a medical text, indicating his profession. The books lining the background of the painting also speak to the sitter’s intellectual prowess. The image of Mrs. Klapp, painted in a harmoniously limited color scheme, emphasizes her beauty. Together, the portraits present an image of a sophisticated couple that celebrates their prosperity, intelligence, and taste.
- Thomas Sully
- Mrs. Klapp (Anna Milnor)
- Oil on canvas
- 92.1 × 71.5 cm (36 1/4 × 28 1/8 in.)
- Restricted gift of Annie Swan Coburn to the Mr. and Mrs. Lewis L. Coburn Memorial Collection