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Inscription

lower left: c 1908 / Douglas Volk

Provenance

Alfred Seligman [d. 1912], New York; his son, Isaac Seligman [d. 1917], New York; presented by a member of his family to a War Relief Sale; purchased by (an unspecified dealer); the artist, Douglas Volk [1856-1935], New York; purchased 2 February 1918 by Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York; 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
1918
[monthly exhibition], The Century Club, New York, 2 February 1918, no cat.
1943
Extended loan for use by Blair House, Washington, D.C., 1943-(?)1952.
1952
Extended loan for use by The White House, Washington, D.C., (?)1952-1966.
1969
Art in Miniature [International Philatelic Exhibition in conjunction with San Diego's 200th Anniversary], San Diego Community Concourse; Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, 1969, no cat.
1976
Extended loan for use by Secretary Thomas S. Kleppe, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., 1976-1977.
1981
Extended loan for use by Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., 1981-1987.
1987
Extended loan for use by Secretary Frank Carlucci, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., 1987-1989.
1990
Extended loan for use by Secretary Jack Kemp, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.
1993
Extended loan for use by Secretary Henry Cisneros, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C., 1993-1997.
1997
Extended loan for use by Secretary Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C., 1997-2001.
2001
Extended loan for use by Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., 2001-2004.
2001
Extended loan for use by Administrator Michael O. Leavitt in his office at the Environmental Protection Agency, 2004-2005.
2004
Extended loan for use by Administrator Michael O. Leavitt, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., 2004-2005.
2005
Extended loan for use by Administrator Stephen L. Johnson, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., 2005-2009.
Bibliography
1927
Lockman, De Witt M. "Stephen Arnold Douglas Volk, N.A." Unpublished typed transcript of an interview with the artist, not dated [1927], De Witt M. Lockman Papers, New-York Historical Society, microfilm 504, Archives of American Art, 24-25.
1940
"Paintings of Stephen Arnold Douglas Volk." Lincoln Lore (10 June 1940): 1.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 118, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 253, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 372, 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: 219-223, color repro.