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Provenance

(Rose M. de Forest [Mrs. Augustus de Forest], New York); purchased 24 March 1926 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
1926
A Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Early American Portrait Painters, The Century Association, New York, 1926, no. 19, as Mahlon Dickerson by Robert Fulton.
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 Mahlon Dickerson by Robert Fulton.
1970
Two Centuries of American Portraits, University of Kentucky Art Gallery, Lexington; Paducah Art Gallery, Kentucky; J. B. Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, 1970, no cat.
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, as Mahlon Dickerson by Robert Fulton.
1929
Lee, Cuthbert. Early American Portrait Painters. New Haven, 1929: 310.
1930
Sherman, Frederic Fairchild. Early American Portraiture. New York, 1930: 96.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 146, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 290, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 420, 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: 290-292, repro.