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Inscription

falsely signed and dated, center right: J. Smibert fecit 1734

Provenance

(Rose M. [Mrs. Augustus] de Forest); sold 12 August 1921 to Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York;[1] 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
1922
Portraits Painted in the United States by Early American Artists, The Union League Club, New York, February 1922, no. 16, as Stephen De Lancey by John Smibert.
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. 2, as Stephen DeLancey by John Smibert.
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 Stephen De Lancey by John Smibert.
Bibliography
1922
Sherman, Frederic Fairchild. "John Smibert's Portrait of Stephen De Lancey." Art in America 11 (December 1922): 54-56, repro.
1928
Barker, Virgil. "Portraiture in America before 1876." The Arts 13, no. 5 (May 1928).
1928
Lee, Cuthbert. "The Thomas B. Clarke Collection of Early American Portraits." The American Magazine of Art XIX (June 1928): 304, repro.
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 Stephen De Lancey by John Smibert.
1950
Foote, Henry Wilder. John Smibert. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1950: 239.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 168, repro.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 118, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 309.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 142, repro.