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Inscription

by a later hand reproducing the original signature, lower right: Painted by Rembrandt Peale from Pine's Washington

Provenance

Estate of the artist;[1] (M. Thomas & Sons, Philadelphia, November 18, 1862, no. 80);[2] Levi Taylor [d. 1871], Philadelphia;[3] his son, John Dickson Taylor [1825-1886], Philadelphia;[4] his daughter, Alice Taylor [Mrs. Harrison L.] Townsend, Philadelphia;[5] (sale, Stanislaus V. Henkels, Philadelphia, June 13, 1922, no. 34);[6] Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York;[7] 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
1862
The Late Rembrant[sic] Peale's Collection, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1862, no. 682.
1923
Exhibition of Portraits by Early American Portrait Painters, The Union League Club, New York, 1923, no. 9.
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.
1943
Extended loan for use by Blair House, Washington, D.C., 1943-1961.
1947
Early American Portraits and Silver, J. B. Speed Memorial Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, 1947, no cat.
1976
Extended loan for use by The White House, Washington, D.C., 1976-1978.
1982
Extended loan for use by the Ambassador, U.S. Embassy residence, Stockholm, Sweden, 1982-1986.
1986
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Otto J. Reich, U.S. Embassy residence, Caracas, Venezuela, 1986-1989.
1991
Extended loan for use by Justice David Souter, The Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1991-2009.
Bibliography
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.
1931
Morgan, John Hill, and Mantle Fielding. The Life Portraits of Washington and Their Replicas. Philadelphia, 1931: 384, no. 3.
1969
Mahey, John A. "The Studio of Rembrandt Peale." The American Art Journal I, no. 2 (Fall 1969): 33-34, no. 80, fig. 7.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 88, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 206, repro.
1986
Scheflow, Carrie H. "Rembrandt Peale: A Chronology." Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 110, no. 1 (January 1986): 179.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 257, repro.
1998
Torchia, Robert Wilson, with Deborah Chotner and Ellen G. Miles. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part II. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1998: 64-68, color repro.