Waist-length, three-quarter to right portrait of a young man with wavy, light brown hair, wearing a dark blue coat, yellow vest, high white collar and black stock with a rectangular gold pin.

This portrait may show Abraham Shoemaker (1785-1832), a member of the Philadelphia bar who succeeded his father, also called Abraham, as Associate Justice in 1818. He married Hannah Huddel in 1823.

Thomas Sully is known to have executed about 60 miniatures, mostly before 1806.


  • Title: Abraham Shoemaker
  • Creator: Attributed to Thomas Sully (American, 1783-1872)
  • Date Created: 1825-1835
  • Subject Keywords: male portraits
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Attributed to Thomas Sully (American, 1783-1872)
  • Provenance: Shoemaker family; A.J. Fink, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; A.J. Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
  • Object Type: miniatures (paintings); portraits
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory, or paper
  • Inscriptions: [Inscription] On reverse in ink: Abrm Shoemaker
  • Dimensions: H excluding frame: 3 1/2 x W: 3 in. (8.89 x 7.62 cm); Framed H: 6 1/2 x W: 5 7/8 in. (16.51 x 14.92 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
  • Classification: Miniatures
  • Accession Number: 38.456

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