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Inscription

by the artist's daughter, Helen Peto Smiley, reverse: PAINTED BY MY FATHER / John Frederick Peto / Helen Peto Smiley

Provenance

The artist's daughter, Helen Peto Smiley, Island Heights, New Jersey.[1] Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Howard, Bryn Mawr, by 1965.[2] (Davis & Long, Co., New York), by 1976;[3] sold January 1977 to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; bequest 1999 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1965
The Reminiscent Object. Paintings by William Michael Harnett, John Frederick Peto and John Haberle, Peale House Galleries, Philadelphia; La Jolla Museum of Art; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1965, no. 54, repro.
1976
American Painting, Davis & Long Co., New York, 1976.
1983
Important Information Inside: The Art of John F. Peto and the Idea of Still-Life Painting in Nineteenth-Century America, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 1983, no. 77, repro.
2008
Feast for the Eyes: American Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art, Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland, 2008, no cat.