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Inscription

upper left in pen and black ink: no 5; center in graphite: PAINTINGS [underlined]; lower left in graphite: M / H / J / - 90.; printed in black ink on the laid paper, center: I. / PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM WILSON CORCORAN. / H. 8 ft. 2 in. W. 5 ft. 10 in.-Painted 1867. / C. L. ELLIOTT. / 2. / PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT. / H. 24 in. W. 20 in. / C. L. ELLIOTT. / Bequeathed to the Gallery by the late J. C. McGuire. / 3. PORTRAIT OF COO. THOMAS McKEENEY. / H. 29 1/2 in. W. 24 in. / C. L. ELLIOTT. / Bequeathed to the Gallery by the late J. C. McGuire. / 4. / THE WATERING PLACE. / H. 3 ft. 4 1/2 in. W. 5 ft. 8 in. / ADLOPH SCHREYER.; upper right verso in pen and black ink [vertically] Change proportions of this sketch / reducing size of the vase - or [not deciphered] figures / from stariway.; lower left verso in graphite by unknown hand [upside down]: 28 / 15 / 13

Provenance

the artist, Washington, DC; executed for the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, c. 1890; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art