Thomas Sully was a well-known portrait painter in 19th-century America. Born in England, he moved with his family to America in 1794, eventually settling in Charleston, South Carolina. While in Charleston, Sully met Charles Fraser, who inspired him to pursue a career as a painter. Sully and Fraser became lifelong friends and both achieved great success as painters. Blanche and Rosalie were Thomas Sully's daughters and accompanied him to England in 1838, when he was commissioned to paint Queen Victoria's portrait. Blanche and Rosalie was painted during this time in England.