on reverse: AEt. 44. / 1844
The sitter [1800-1861]; by descent to his grandson, Thomas Whittemore [1871-1950]; gift 1950 to NGA.
- Possibly Second Exhibition of the Boston Artists' Association, 1843, no. 61, as Portrait owned by "Rev. T. Whittemore".
- Warner, Deborah Jean. Alvan Clark & Sons, Artists in Optics. Washington, 1968: 119.
- American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 42, repro.
- American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 131, repro.
- American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 142, repro.
- Kelly, Franklin, with Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Deborah Chotner, and John Davis. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1996: 74-75, repro. 72.
The unlined, plain-weave fabric support is tacked to the original butt-jointed stretcher. The white ground is thick and smooth. Subsequent paint layers generally are thick and opaque and seem to have been rapidly applied. The paint is thinner in the shadowed areas, where it was applied wet-into-wet. The uneven varnish is hazy and has become moderately discolored.