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Miss Henrietta Levy

The Levy sisters, depicted at ages eighteen and twelve in a pair of portraits at the Eskenazi Museum of Art, could trace their roots to Moses Raphael Levy, the patriarch of Philadelphia’s Jewish community. The girls’ father, Moses Levy, turned for his daughters’ portraits to the renowned master of the genre, Thomas Sully, who had studied in Boston with Gilbert Stuart and in London with Benjamin West and Henry Fuseli. The portraits of Henrietta and Martha, with their fluid, painterly brushstrokes and hazy atmosphere, also reveal the influence of the English portraitists Henry Raeburn and Thomas Lawrence.

Thomas Sully
American, born England, 1783–1872
Miss Henrietta Levy
Oil on panel
22 ¾ x 18 ¼ in. (57.8 x 46.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Morton and Marie Bradley Memorial Collection, 92.197