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Provenance

The sitter's son, Levi Dickson [1805-1872], Philadelphia. Susan Allen Dickson, Philadelphia.[1] the artist's son, Garrett Cross Neagle, Philadelphia; Gilbert Sunderland Parker, Philadelphia; Mrs. Anna P. Bly; (William Macbeth, New York); Franklin Bulkeley Smith [1864-1918], Worcester, Massachusetts; (his estate sale, American Art Association, 22-23 April 1920, no. 149); purchased by C. Deardon, probably for 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
1887
Loan Exhibition of Historical Portraits, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1887-1888, no. 126.
1921
Exhibition of Paintings by Early American Portrait Painters, The Union League Club, New York, November 1921, no. 4.
1925
Exhibition of Portraits by John Neagle, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1925, no. 31.
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.
Bibliography
1925
Fielding, Mantle. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Portraits by John Neagle. Exh. cat. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1925: no. 31, 50.
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.
1959
Patrick, Ransom R. "The Early Life of John Neagle, Philadelphia Portrait Painter." Ph.D. dissertation, Princeton University, 1959: 93-94.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 84, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 200, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 239, 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: 24-27, repro.