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Inscription

falsely signed, reverse: Painted by R F Fulton / for my friend Henry Eckford.

Provenance

(Rose M. De Forest [Mrs. Augustus De Forest], New York); purchased 20 November 1919 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
1921
Exhibition of Paintings by Early American Portrait Painters, The Union League Club, New York, December 1921, no. 5, as Marian (Bedell) Eckford by Robert Fulton.
1928
A Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Early American Portrait Painters, The Century Association, New York, 1928, no. 7, as Marian (Bedell) Eckford 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 Marian (Bedell) Eckford by Robert Fulton.
Bibliography
1922
Sherman, Frederic Fairchild. "Two Companion Portraits in Full-Length by Robert Fulton." Art in America 10, no. 3 (August 1922): 217-221, illus. 219.
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 Marian (Bedell) Beckford by Robert Fulton.
1929
Lee, Cuthbert. Early American Portrait Painters. New Haven, 1929: 310-311.
1930
Sherman, Frederic Fairchild. Early American Portraiture. New York, 1930: 42-43, repro. opp. 42.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 140, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 284, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 413, 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: 318-319, color repro.