Prison Scene from J. Fenimore Cooper’s “The Pilot”: “Cecelia Howard and Katherine Plowden arousing the prisoner Edward Griffith from his slumber.”

The Philadelphia painter Thomas Sully is best known for his portraits, having painted approximately two thousand in his long career. However, in the late 1830s, with portrait commissions drying up, Sully began to produce works that appealed to popular tastes, including sentimental and literary subjects, which he referred to as his fancy pictures. Among the […]