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lower left: Maria's Portrait Reader here's design'd / A gentle form a sentimental mind; lower center: MARIA.; lower right: Deep melancholy on her Reason preys / While over Rocks and Deserts oft she strays

Provenance

Recorded as from New York. Purchased in 1948 by Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; gift to NGA, 1953.

Bibliography
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 412, 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: 542-543, repro. 542.