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Inscription

lower right: Jn Mare. / Pinxt: / 1761

Provenance

(Rose M. de Forest [Mrs. Augustus de Forest], New York);[1] sold 19 February 1923 to 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
1924
Exhibition of the Earliest Known Portraits of Americans by Painters of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, The Union League Club, New York, March 1924, no. 22, as Robert Monckton by John Mare.
1925
A Loan Exhibition of the Earliest Known Portraits of Americans Painted in This Country by Painters of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, The Century Association, New York, 1925, no. 9, as Robert Monckton by John Mare.
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 Robert Monckton by John Mare.
Bibliography
1924
Exhibition of the Earliest Known Portraits of Americans by Painters of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Exh. cat. The Union League Club, New York, 1924: no. 22, as Robert Monckton by John Mare.
1925
A Loan Exhibition of the Earliest Known Portraits of Americans Painted in This Country by Painters of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Exh. cat. Century Association, New York, 1925: no. 9, as Robert Monckton by John Mare.
1928
Barker, Virgil. "Portraiture in America Before 1876." The Arts 13, no. 5 (May 1928): 280, repro., as Robert Monckton by John Mare.
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 Robert Monckton by John Mare.
1951
Smith, Helen Burr. "John Mare (1739 - c. 1795), New York Portrait Painter, with Notes on the Two William Williams'." The New-York Historical Society Quarterly 35 (October 1951): 363, repro. 360, 391-392.
1967
Smith, Helen Burr and Elizabeth V. Moore. "John Mare: A Composite Portrait." The North Carolina Historical Review 44 (January 1967): 26, attribution and signature rejected.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 80, repro., as Robert Monckton by John Mare (?).
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 197, repro., as Robert Monckton.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 230, repro.