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Provenance

Charles Henry Hart [1847-1918], New York; his widow Mrs. Charles Henry Hart; sold 29 May 1920 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 1947 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1923
Exhibition of Portraits By Early American Portrait Painters, The Union League Club, New York, 1923, no. 6, as Isaac Motte.
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 Isaac Motte.
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
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.
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.
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.
1963
Carolina Charter Tercentenary Exhibition, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 1963, no. 34.
1967
National Gallery Loan Exhibition, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1967, no. 3.
1972
Loan for display with permanent collection, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, 1972-1974.
1978
Extended loan for use by the Ambassador, U.S. Embassy residence, Dublin, Ireland, 1978-1981.
Bibliography
1923
Exhibition of Portraits By Early American Portrait Painters, Exh. cat. The Union League Club, New York, 1923: no. 6.
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 Isaac Motte.
1951
Middleton, Margaret Simons. "Jeremiah Theus of Charles Town." Antiques 60, no. 2 (August 1951): repro. 104.
1952
Opening Exhibition of the George Thomas Hunter Gallery of Art, Exh. cat. Chattanooga Art Association, 1952: unnumbered.
1953
Middleton, Margaret Simons. Jeremiah Theus, Colonial Artist of Charles Town. Columbia, South Carolina, 1953: 151-152.
1963
Carolina Charter Tercentenary Exhibition. Exh. cat. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 1963: no. 34.
1967
National Gallery Loan Exhibition. Exh. cat. Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1967. In special issue of Mint Museum of Art Quarterly (Fall 1967): no. 3, repro.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 116, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 248, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 367, 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: 292-294, color repro. 293.