Thomas Sully: Interviewer-Interviewee

Traditional Portraits Some of Thomas Sully’s earliest recorded portraits are his now-lost images of members of the Park Theatre in New York in various roles. When Sully had returned in 1810 to Philadelphia from a nine-month trip to England, he announced his artistic ambitions through a series of extraordinary theatrical portraits, arranged by patrons and friends in the close-knit acting community.

In pairs or small groups, students select a work of art. Prepare and present an interview with the artist or the sitter in the artwork. Create questions that relate to the image.