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Provenance

The sitter's son, James Edward Fisher MacDonough [1825-1849], Montclair, New Jersey; his brother, Charles Shaler MacDonough [1818-1871], Middletown, Connecticut; his brother, Augustus Rodney MacDonough [1820-1907], Middletown, Connecticut;[1] his nephew, Rodney MacDonough [1863-1935], Brookline, Massachusetts; his son, Charles Vance MacDonough [b. 1907], Wellesley, Massachusetts;[2] (M. Knoedler & Co. New York); sold 21 January 1937 to The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1853
The Washington Exhibition in aid of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, at the American Art-Union Gallery, New York, 1853, no. 160
1879
Century Club, New York, 1879-1907
1936
Masterpieces of American Historical Portraiture, M. Knoedler and Co., New York, 1936, no. 13
1940
Loan Exhibition: Naval Personages and Traditions, Naval Academy Museum, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, 1940, no. 44
1943
American Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1943.
Bibliography
1879
Mason, George C. The Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart. New York, 1879: 217-217.
1880
MFA 1880, 46, no. 382
1909
Macdonough, Rodney. Life of Commodore Thomas Macdonough, U.S. Navy. Boston, 1909: repro. frontispiece.
1949
Paintings and Sculpture from the Mellon Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1949 (reprinted 1953 and 1958): 140, repro.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 104, repro.
1975
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 383, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 232, repro.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 378, no. 535, color repro.
1986
McLanathan 1986, 147, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 357, repro.
1995
Miles, Ellen G. American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 261-263, color repro. 262.