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Dr. Joseph Klapp

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




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 and Mrs. Klapp (Anna Milnor) (1950.1362). 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.


On View, Gallery 172


Arts of the Americas


Thomas Sully


Dr. Joseph Klapp


Philadelphia (Place depicted)

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Oil on canvas


91.4 × 71.1 cm (36 × 28 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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