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Inscription

falsely signed and dated, lower right: JS 1734

Provenance

(Macbeth Galleries, New York); sold 2 December 1916 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
1917
Early American Paintings, Museum of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, 1917, no. 89, as Alexander Garden by John Smibert.
1924
Exhibition of the Earliest Known Portraits of Americans by Painters of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, The Union League Club, March 1924, no. 6, as Alexander Garden 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 Alexander Garden by John Smibert.
Bibliography
1917
Early American Paintings. Exh. cat. Museum of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, Brooklyn, 1917: repro. 80, 81, no. 89, as Alexander Garden by John Smibert.
1927
Carroll, Dana. "Early American Portrait Painting." International Studio 86 (February 1927): repro. 70, as Alexander Garden by John Smibert.
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 Alexander Garden by John Smibert.
1929
Bayley, Frank W. Five Colonial Artists of New England. Boston, 1929: repro. 385, as Alexander Garden by John Smibert.
1950
Foote, Henry Wilder. John Smibert, Painter. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1950: 234-235, 239-240, as the so-called Rev. Alexander Garden by an unidentified artist.
1952
Rutledge and Lane 1952, 98-99.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 146, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 291, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 421, repro.
1993
Saunders, Richard H. "The Eighteenth-Century Portrait in American Culture of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries." In The Portrait in Eighteenth-Century America. Edited by Ellen G. Miles. Newark and London, 1993: 147.