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lower left: R. Earl Pinxt 1789-

Provenance

The sitter's grandson, Rev. William S. Boardman [b. 1838], New York.[1] The sitter's great-grandniece, Josephine Porter Boardman Crane [Mrs. Winthrop Murray Crane, 1873-1972], New York and Woods Hole, Massachusetts, by 1935;[2] gift 1948 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1935
Connecticut Portraits by Ralph Earl, 1751-1801, Gallery of Fine Arts, Yale University, New Haven, 1935, no. 15.
1940
Masterpieces of Art. European & American Paintings 1500-1900, New York World's Fair, 1940, no. 172.
1945
Ralph Earl, 1751-1801, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Worcester Art Museum, 1945-1946, no. 14.
1946
American Painting, The Tate Gallery, London, 1946, no. 76.
1991
Ralph Earl: The Face of the Young Republic, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 1991-1992, 152, no. 28.
Bibliography
1895
Goldthwaite, Charlotte. Boardman Genealogy 1525-1895. Hartford, 1895: 331.
1907
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College. 1907: 4:182.
1934
Sherman, Frederic Fairchild. "Ralph Earl: An Eighteenth Century Connecticut Portrait Painter." Art in America 22, no. 3 (June 1934): 83, 88, repro. facing 81.
1935
Connecticut Portraits by Ralph Earl, 1751-1801. Exh. cat. Gallery of Fine Arts, Yale University, New Haven, 1935: no. 15.
1939
Sherman, Frederic Fairchild. "The Painting of Ralph Earl With a List of His Portraits." Art in America 27, no. 4 (October 1939): 177, no. 33.
1945
Ralph Earl, 1751-1801. Exh. cat. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Worcester Art Museum, 1945-1946: no. 14.
1946
American Painting. Exh. cat. The Tate Gallery, London, 1946: no. 76.
1946
Goodrich, Lloyd. "Ralph Earl." Magazine of Art 39, no. 1 (January 1946): 5, repro. 2 (detail).
1960
Sawitzky, William, and Susan Sawitzky. "Two Letters from Ralph Earl, with Notes on his English Period." Worcester Art Museum Annual 8 (1960): 27, repro. 26 (detail).
1967
Goodrich, Laurence B. Ralph Earl, Recorder of an Era. Albany, 1967: 9-10, 58, fig. 24.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 52, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 150, repro.
1980
Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1980: no. 11, color repro.
1981
Williams, William James. A Heritage of American Paintings from the National Gallery of Art. New York, 1981: 73, repro. 74.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 394, no. 560, color repro.
1988
Kornhauser, Elizabeth Mankin. Ralph Earl: Artist-Entrepreneur. Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1988: 129-130, 258.
1988
Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. Rev. ed. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1988: 70, no. 12, color repro.
1991
Ralph Earl: The Face of the Young Republic. Exh. cat. National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth. New Haven, London, and Hartford, 1991-1992: 152, no. 28.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 169, 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: 96-98, color repro. 97.