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Inscription

Formerly bore false signature center left: A. Wertmuller/ Philadelphia 1795

Provenance

(Rose M. [Mrs. Augustus] de Forest, New York); sold 15 August 1927 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
1928
A Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Early American Portrait Painters, The Century Association, New York, 1928, no. 5, as Philip van Cortlandt by Adolph Ulrich Wertmüller
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 cat., as Philip Van Cortlandt by Adolph Ulric Wertmüller.
1937
Loan to the U.S. Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission, Washington, D.C.(?), 1937-1938 (according to note in NGA curatorial files).
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 Philip Van Cortlandt by Adolph Ulric Wertmüller.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 172, repro., as by European of Unknown Nationality.
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: 413, repro.