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Provenance

Evert Jansen Wendell; his estate; (sale, Grahaeme's Auction Room, New York, 12 April 1922); 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
1923
Exhibition of Portraits by Early American Portrait Painters, The Union League Club, New York, 1923, no. 20, as William Augustus Conway by James Herring.
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 William Augustus Conway by James Herring.
1967
Loan for display with permanent collection, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1967-1980.
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 William Augustus Conway by James Herring.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 128, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 266, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 390, 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: 286-288, repro.