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Provenance

(Rose M. de Forest [Mrs. Augustus de Forest], New York); sold 12 April 1922 to Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York;[1] his estate; sold as part of the Clarke collection 29 January 1936, through (M. Knoedler & Co., New York), to The A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1947 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1923
Exhibition of Portraits by Early American Portrait Painters, The Union League Club, New York, 1923, no. 13, as Anna Cora Mowatt by John James Audubon.
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 Anna Cora Mowatt by John James Audubon.
1939
Life in America [A Special Loan Exhibition of Paintings Held During the Period of the New York World's Fair], The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1939, no. 77, repro., as Mrs. James Mowatt (Anna Cora Ogden) by John James Audubon.
1940
An Exhibition of Great Paintings in aid of the Canadian Red Cross, Art Gallery of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1940, no. 74, as Mrs. James Mowatt by John James Audubon.
1940
Romanticism in America; or, An Elegant Exposition of Taste and Fashion From 1812 to 1865, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1940, unnumbered, as Mrs. James Mowatt by J. J. Audubon.
1944
John Trumbull and his Contemporaries, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Connecticut, 1944, no. 44, as Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, Attributed to John James Audubon.
1948
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1948.
1950
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1950.
1951
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1951.
1951
Audubon Paintings and Prints from the Colletion of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1951.
1952
[Opening exhibition of new art gallery], Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Virginia, 1952-1953, no cat.
1953
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1953.
1955
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1955.
1956
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1956.
1964
Extended loan for use by Blair House, Washington, D.C., 1964-1984.
Bibliography
1928
Barker, Virgil. "Portraiture in America before 1876." The Arts 13, no. 5 (May 1928): 286.
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 Anna Cora Mowatt by John James Audubon.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 162, repro., as by American (?).
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 306, as by Unknown [Formerly Considered American].
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 415, repro.