THOMAS SULLY (AMERICAN 1783-1872). PAIR OF PORTRAITS OF MR. AND MRS. REEVE LEWIS OF PHILADELPHIA, 1808.Est. $15,000-$25,000
Sold: $72,000 ($60,000)
Reeve Lewis (1781-1821) and his brothers were merchants who traded with the East and West Indies. Their father, Mordecai, also a merchant, was disunited from the Society of Friends in 1776 for joining the Continental Army and fighting in the Revolutionary War. Reeve married Rachel Waln Thomas (1781-1849) in 1803. When he died at the age of 39, he left a family of 11 children. Each oil on canvas, 29 x 24 inches. Signed, dated and inscribed on the reverse of his portrait “Reeve Lewis/ T.S. 1808/ April” and on her portrait “Mrs. Reeve Lewis/ T.S. 1808/ May.”
Provenance: W.W. Jessup and W.D. Jessup, Woodbury, New Jersey; John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1958.
Literature: Nos. 1078 & 1079 in Thomas Sully’s register of paintings, published in Edward Biddle and Mantle Fielding, “The Life and Works of Thomas Sully,” p. 211.