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Provenance

(Tooth Brothers, London), sold 15 May 1919 to Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York;[1] his estate; sold as part of the Clarke collection on 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
1922
Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Benjamin West and of Engravings Representing His Work, Brooklyn Museum, 1922
1924
Exhibition of the Earliest Known Portraits of Americans by Painters of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, The Union League Club, March 1924, no. 9, as Self-Portrait by Benjamin West.
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 by Benjamin West.
1943
American Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1943.
1944
John Trumbull and his Contemporaries, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, 1944, no. 139, as Self Portrait by Benjamin West.
1947
Early American Portraits and Silver [Golden Jubilee of the Colonial Dames of America], J. B. Speed Memorial Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, 1947, no cat., as Self-Portrait by Benjamin West.
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.
1950
Benjamin West: His Times and His Influence, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 1950, no. 4.
1950
From Plymouth Rock to the Armory, The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL, 1950, no. 23.
1950
The Face of American History, Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina, 1950, no. 21, as Self-Portrait by Benjamin West.
1951
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1951.
1951
American Portraits from the National Gallery of Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 1951, no. 6 (organized by the Atlanta Art Association).
1952
[Opening exhibition], Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1952, no. cat.
1952
Opening Exhibition of The George Thomas Hunter Gallery of Art, Chattanooga Art Association, Tennessee, 1952, unnumbered.
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.
1960
Faces of America, Inaugural Exhibition, El Paso Museum of Art, Texas, 1960-1961, no cat.
1965
Inaugural Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL, 1965, no. 5
1968
The Age of Queen Charlotte, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, 1968, no. 33
1975
Drawings by Benjamin West and His Son Raphael Lamar West, The Pierpont-Morgan Library, New York, 1975
1980
Benjamin West and His American Students, National Portrait Gallery, Washington; The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1980-1981, 52
1987
Extended loan for use by the Ambassador, U.S. Embassy residence, London, England, 1987-1991.
1998
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Philip Lader, U.S. Embassy residence, London, England, 1998-2001.
Bibliography
1922
Rosenthal, Albert. "The Benjamin West Exhibition." Brooklyn Museum Quarterly 9, no. 3 (July 1922): repro. 134.
1922
"Summary of Press Notices on the Benjamin West Exhibition." Brooklyn Museum Quarterly 9, no. 3 (July 1922): 138.
1928
Lee, Cuthbert. "The Thomas B. Clarke Collection of Early American Portraits." American Magazine of Art 19, no. 6 (June 1928): repro. 298.
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 Self-Portrait by Benjamin West.
1937
Jewell, Edward Alden. "Mellon's Gift." Magazine of Art 30, no. 2 (February 1937): 79, repro.
1950
Morgan, Charles H., and Margaret C. Toole. "Benjamin West: His Times and His Influence." Art in America (December 1950): 209.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 120, repro., as Self-Portrait by Benjamin West.
1973
Van Devanter, Ann C. "Benjamin West and his Self-Portraits." Antiques Magazine 103 (April 1973): 764-773.
1975
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 379, repro.
1977
Dillenberger 1977, 6, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 256, repro., as Self-Portrait by Benjamin West.
1980
Evans 1980, 52, fig. 35.
1980
Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1980: 12, repro.
1981
Williams, William James. A Heritage of American Paintings from the National Gallery of Art. New York, 1981: 40, color repro. 43, as by Benjamin West.
1983
Johnston, Sona K. American Paintings, 1750-1900, from the Collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore, 1983: repro. 179, 180.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 375, no. 528, color repro., as Self-Portrait by Benjamin West.
1986
Von Erffa and Staley 1986, 452.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 376, repro., as Self-Portrait by Benjamin West.
1995
Miles, Ellen G. American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 348-351, repro. 349.