General Sylvanus Thayer (1785-1872), Class of 1807

Thomas Sully, American, 1783 - 1872



Oil on canvas; Transferred to tempered aluminum panel

Overall: 30 x 25 1/8 in. (76.2 x 63.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of General Sylvanus Thayer, Class of 1807



North America, United States


19th century

Object Name




Not on view


Signed, lower right: T S (in monogram); Partial gummed label, on frame, on reverse: ...OMB-MACKLIN CO. / ...URE FRAME MAKERS / ...5 WEST 27th STREET / NEW YORK [Newcomb-Macklin Co., early 20th century)

Exhibition History

Portraits at Dartmouth, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 10-April 16, 1978.

Publication History

Michael A. Bonura, French Lessons at West Point: How Napoleonic strategy and tactics influenced generations of American officers, MHQ:The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Autumn 2014, Vol. 27, Number 1, Leesburg, Virginia: Weider History Group, pp.98-104, ill. p. 101.

Barbara J. MacAdam, American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Muesum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2007, p. 30, no. 11.

Nardi Reeder Campion, "Who Was Sylvanus Thayer?", Dartmouth Engineer: The Magazine of Thayer School of Engineering, Volume 1, Number 1,Fall 2004, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2004, pp. 13-16, ill. cover.

West Point's Rigor, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Special Issue, Dartmouth's Gifts to the World, April 1994, Hanover, N.H.: Dartmouth College, 1994, ill. p. 41

William B. Streett, The Military Influence on American Engineering Education, Cornell Engineering Quarterly, Winter 1993, Volume 27, Number 2, New York: College of Engineering, Cornell University, 1993, pp. 4-5., ill. p. 4.

Barbara J. MacAdam, A Likeness of Our Best Friend, Directions, Hanover, New Hampshire: Thayer School of Engineering, Fall 1989, pp. 24-256, ill. p. 24.

Arthur R. Blumenthal, Portraits at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1978, p. 59, no. 51.

H. G. Rugg, S.C. Hayward, C.P. Lathrop, Catalogue of Portraits, and other works of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover: Dartmouth College, 1932, p. 39, no. 164; illus. opp. p. 53.

Edward Biddle and Mantle Fieldings, Life and Works of Thomas Sully, Philadelphia, 1921, p. 295.

George Hill Evans, Catalogue of Portraits and other works of art in the gallery of Dartmouth College, Hanover: Dartmouth College, 1901, p. 27, no. 81.


Sylvanus Thayer (1785-1872); given to present collection, 1867.

Catalogue Raisonne

Biddle 1776

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