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Inscription

on reverse: AEt. 44. / 1844

Provenance

The sitter [1800-1861]; by descent to his grandson, Thomas Whittemore [1871-1950];[1] gift 1950 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1843
Possibly Second Exhibition of the Boston Artists' Association, 1843, no. 61, as Portrait owned by "Rev. T. Whittemore".
Bibliography
1968
Warner, Deborah Jean. Alvan Clark & Sons, Artists in Optics. Washington, 1968: 119.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 42, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 131, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 142, repro.
1996
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.
Technical Summary

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.