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Inscription

on modern plywood backing, in black paint, in a later hand: No 32 Cs. Polk Painter.

Provenance

Margaret Freeman Buckingham [1857-1946], Washington, D.C., and Cornwall, Pennsylvania; her nephew, William Coleman Freeman [1881-1955], Cornwall, Pennsylvania;[1] gift 1947 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1952
Loan for display with permanent collection, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Virginia, 1952-1953.
1952
Woodlawn Plantation, Woodlawn, Virginia, 1952, no catalogue.
1953
Extended loan for use by The White House, Washington, D.C., 1953-1954.
1956
Loan for display with permanent collection, Woodlawn Plantation, Woodlawn, Virginia, 1956-1965.
1965
Loan for display with permanent collection, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C., 1965-1981, 1982-2002.
1981
Charles Peale Polk (1767-1822), A Limner and His Likenesses, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg; Dayton Art Institute; Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga; Heritage Plantation of Sandwich, Massachusetts, 1981-1982, no. 38, repro.
2002
West Point in the Making of America: Engineering, Exploration, and War, 1802-1918, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C., 2002-2004, no cat.
2006
Loan to display with permanent collection, Mount Vernon, Virginia, 2006-2008.
2009
The Price of Freedom, National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C., 2009-2012, no catalogue.
Bibliography
1931
Morgan, John Hill, and Mantle Fielding. The Life Portraits of Washington and their Replicas. Philadelphia, 1931: 131-138.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 90, repro.
1970
Hofstadter, Richard, et al. The American Republic. 2d ed. I. New Jersey, 1970.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 210, repro.
1981
Charles Peale Polk, 1776-1822, A Limner and His Likenesses. Exh. cat. Traveling Exh., 1981-1982: 4-5, 35, no. 38, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 262, 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: 134, 136, repro. 137.