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Provenance

Charlotte I. Bullus, New York; gift 1838 to Minerva Denison Rodgers [1784-1877], wife of the sitter, Washington, D.C.;[1] her daughter, Ann Minerva Rodgers Macomb [1824-1916], Washington, D.C.; her daughters, Nannie Rodgers Macomb [1864-1952] and Christina Livingston Macomb [-1945], Washington, D.C.;[2] gift 1943 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1814
Possibly Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1814, no. 103.
1834
Possibly Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, 1834, no. 132.
1925
Exhibition of Early American Paintings, Miniatures and Silver, National Gallery of Art [precursor to National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution], Washington, D.C., 1925-1926, no. 25.
1935
Exhibition of Portraits, Miniatures, Silver and Other Momentoes of the Rodgers Family, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, 1935, no cat.
1940
Loan Exhibition: Naval Personages & Traditions, Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, 1940, no. 27.
1964
Loan for display in the Reception Suite, National Museum of History and Technology (now National Museum of American History), Washington, D.C., 1964-1975.
1986
Extended loan for use by the White House Preservation Office in the ceremonial office of the Vice President, Old Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C., 1986-1997.
1997
Extended loan for display in the ceremonial office of Vice President Albert Gore, Jr., Old Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C., 1997-2001.
2001
Extended loan for display in the ceremonial office of Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building (formerly Old Executive Office Building), Washington, D.C., 2001-
Bibliography
1814
"Review of the Fourth Annual Exhibition of the Columbian Society of Artists and the Pennsylvania Academy." Port Folio 4 (July 1914): 98.
1834
"Miscellaneous Notices of the Fine Arts, Literature, Science, The Drama, Etc." American Monthly Magazine 3 (June 1834): 285.
1938
Bolton, Theodore, and George C. Groce, Jr. "John Wesley Jarvis: An Account of His Life and the First Catalogue of His Work." The Art Quarterly 1 (Autumn 1938): 317.
1949
Dickson, Harold E. John Wesley Jarvis, American Painter, 1780-1840. New York, 1949: 164, 196, 363, no. 200.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 72, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 182, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 211, repro.
1996
Kelly, Franklin, with Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Deborah Chotner, and John Davis. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1996: 366-368, color repro.
Technical Summary

The original support is a heavyweight, coarsely woven fabric with an uneven, high texture. It has been lined, but cusping is present along all four cut edges. The white ground is thick and smooth with a warm pink toning layer beneath the face and sky. Subsequent paint was laid down thickly with generous and quick brushstrokes, coalescing to a finer blend in the area of the face. Only the darker regions of the composition were thinly painted. A translucent brown tone serves as a base in selected areas. Inpainting is located in the shadows of the coat and in the sky to the left of Rodgers' head. The milky varnish was unevenly applied.