Thomas Sully was an English-born portrait painter active in the US. Sully emigrated with his family to the US from England in 1792. In 1801, at the age of 18, he began working professionally as an artist and studied under Gilbert Stuart for a few weeks. Sully traveled to London in 1809 where he spent nine months studying with Benjamin West. Upon his return to the US Sully settled in Philadelphia, where he remained until his death in 1872. Sully painted portraits of many of the influential figures of his time, including Queen Victoria of Great Britain and US President John Quincy Adams.
Sully can be found represented at spaces such as the National Gallery of Art in Washington.