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Provenance

(Augustus W. Oberwalder [Augustus de Forest], New York); Charles X. Harris, New York; purchased 5 June 1920 by Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York; his estate; sold as part of the Clarke collection 29 January 1936, through (M. Knoedler & Co., New York), to The A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1921
Exhibition of Paintings by Early American Portrait Painters, The Union League Club, New York, December 1921, no. 10, as William Rush by John Neagle.
1925
Exhibition of Portraits by John Neagle, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1925, no. 119, as William Rush by John Neagle.
1928
Portraits by Early American Artists of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Collected by Thomas B. Clarke, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1928-1931, unnumbered and unpaginated catalogue, as William Rush by John Neagle.
1947
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1947.
1947
Early American Portraits and Silver [Golden Jubilee of the Colonial Dames of America], J. B. Speed Memorial Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, 1947, no cat.
1948
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1948.
1949
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1949.
1951
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1951.
1953
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1953.
1955
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1955.
1955
Famous Americans, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland, 1955, no cat.
Bibliography
1925
Fielding, Mantle. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Portraits by John Neagle. Exh. cat. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1925: no. 119, 146.
1928
Portraits by Early American Artists of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Collected by Thomas B. Clarke. Exh. cat. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1928, unnumbered, as William Rush by John Neagle.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 144, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 289, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 419, repro.
1998
Torchia, Robert Wilson, with Deborah Chotner and Ellen G. Miles. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part II. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1998: 294-296, repro.