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Provenance

(Rose M. de Forest [Mrs. Augustus De Forest], New York); purchased 6 December 1921 by Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York;[1] his estate; sold as part of the Clarke collection on 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. 10, as Cyrus Griffin by Gilbert Stuart.
1928
A Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Early American Portrait Painters, The Century Association, New York, 1928, as Cyrus Griffin by Gilbert Stuart.
1928
Portraits by Early American Artists of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries Collected by Thomas B. Clarke, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1928, unpaginated and unnumbered catalogue.
1929
Exhibition of Historical Portraits 1585-1830, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, 1929, unnumbered, as Cyrus Griffin
Bibliography
1922
Sherman, Frederic Fairchild. "Early American Portraits." Art in America 10, no. 3 (April 1922): 144
1926
Park 1926, 372-373, no. 361, repro.
1930
Weddell, Alexander Wilbourne, ed. A Memorial Volume of Virginia Historical Portraiture, 1585-1830. Richmond, 1930: 258-260, repro.
1933
Sawitzky, William. "Some Unrecorded Portraits by Gilbert Stuart: Portraits Painted in America." Art in America 21, no. 3 (June, 1933): 83-84, 91, 92-93.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 110, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 240, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 358, repro.
1995
Miles, Ellen G. American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 285, repro. 286.