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lower left: Steamer St Lawrence Built / by Wm Collyer NY.[ ] / Engine Built by The [Morgan Iro]n Works N ; lower right: Joiner Work by Sampson & Perry. [NY?] / Painting by John A. Bowell NY / Painting [an]d Drawing by James Bard, N.Y. / Decr th 18th, 1850; on banner: ST LAWRENCE.; on ship: ST LAWRENCE

Provenance

Recorded as from Massachusetts. Purchased in 1952 by Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; gift to NGA, 1953.

Exhibition History
1954
American Primitive Painting, traveling exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Inst. for the U.S. Information Service, Washington, 1954-1955, no. 66. First venue: Kunstmuseum, Lucerne, Switzerland.
1961
Extended loan for use by The White House, Washington, D.C., 1961-1964.
1968
The American Primitive Paintings Exhibit, organized by the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California, at the de Saisset Art Gallery, University of Santa Clara, 1968.
1969
Extended loan for use by The White House, Washington, D.C., 1969-1972.
1973
Extended loan for use by the U.S. Consulate, Leningrad, U.S.S.R., 1973-1979.
1981
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, Terra Museum of American Art, Evanston, Illinois, 1981-1982, no. 30 (cat. by Ronald McKnight Melvin).
1985
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, traveling exhibition by the International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington, 1985-1987, no. 9, color repro. First venue; Museum of American Folk Art, New Y
1988
La Nascita di Una Nazione: Pittori americani dalla National Gallery of Art di Washington 1730-1880, Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande, Bologna; Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna di Ca'Pesaro, Venice, 1988-1989, no. 9, repro.
1991
Extended loan for use by Justice Anthony Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1991-1999.
Bibliography
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 14, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 23, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 23, repro.
1992
Chotner, Deborah, with contributions by Julie Aronson, Sarah D. Cash, and Laurie Weitzenkorn. American Naive Paintings. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 7-8, repro. 8.