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Provenance

Descended in the Sargent family to Martha Gertrude Farner Cork (great-granddaughter of Martha [Patty] Hills Sargent, the mother in the portrait, and granddaughter of Martha [Patty] Hills Sargent [later Mrs. Jehiel Smith], the child holding her father's hand), Waukesha, Wisconsin; given to her granddaughter, Gertrude Louise Cork Swezey, Coxsackie, New York, sometime before 17 June 1941.[1] Purchased in 1953, possibly with (Thurston Thacher, Hyde Park, New York) as agent, by Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; gift to NGA, 1953.

Exhibition History
1954
American Primitive Painting from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Part I, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1954, no. 32.
1955
American Primitive Pantings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1955.
1956
American Primitive Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1956, no. 28.
1957
American Primitive Paintings from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Part II, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1957.
1961
101 Masterpieces of American Primitive Painting from the Collection of E.W. and B.C. Garbisch, traveling exh. by the Amer. Federation of Arts, New York, 1961-1964, no. 33, color repro. First venue: The Metropolitan Musuem of Art, N.Y.
1967
Fifty Masterpieces of American Primitive Painting from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida, 1967, no cat.
1968
American Naive Painting of the 18th and 19th Centuries: 111 Masterpieces from the Collection of E.W. and B.C. Garbisch, traveling exh. by Amer. Fed. of Arts, N.Y., 1968-1970, no. 31, repro. First venue: Grand Palais, Paris.
1970
American Naive Painting of the 18th and 19th Centuries: Masterpieces from the Collection of E.W. and B.C. Garbisch, organized by the Amer. Fed. of Arts, N.Y., and Mainichi News., Nihobashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, 1970, no cat.
1970
The New World: 1620-1970, Chrysler Art Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1970, no. 7.
1975
The World of Franklin and Jefferson, traveling exhibition circulated by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, 6 venues (Paris, Warsaw, London, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles), 1975-1977, not included in cat.
1977
Kaleidescope of American Painting, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and Mary Atkins Museum of Fine Arts, Kansas City Missouri 1977-1978, no. 18.
1978
The American Folk Art Tradition: Paintings from the Garbisch Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1978.
1980
Small Folk: A Celebration of Childhood in America, organized by Museum of American Folk Art, NGA loans shown at The New-York Historical Society, New York, 1980-1981, 51, no. 109, color repro. (cat. by Sandra Brant and Elissa Cullman).
1981
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, Terra Museum of American Art, Evanston, Illinois, 1981-1982, no. 5.
1986
New and Different: Domestic Interiors in Eighteenth-Century America, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1986-1987, no cat.
1988
A Little Bestiary: Naive Paintings from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey, 1988, no cat.
1994
Extended loan for use by Secretary Richard Riley, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C., 1994-2000.
2004
American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840, Milwaukee Art Museum; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem; Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, 2004-2005, not in cat.
2007
Samuel McIntire: Carving an American Style, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, 2007-2008, unnumbered catalogue, fig. 5-80, as The Sargent Family of Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Bibliography
1956
Little, Nina Fletcher. "An Approach to Furnishing." Antiques 69-70 (July 1956): 45.
1959
Bouton, Margaret. American Painting in the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 1959 (Booklet Number One in Ten Schools of Painting in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.): 12, color repro.
1968
Little, Nina Fletcher. "The Conversation Piece in Folk Art." Antiques 67 (November 1968): 746, fig. 11.
1969
McClinton, Katherine Morrison. "American Furniture in Family Portraits." Apollo 89 (March 1969): 226-227.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 150, repro.
1971
Bihalji-Merin, Oto. Masters of Naive Art. New York, 1971: color repro., 47.
1971
Peterson, Harold L. Americans at Home. New York, 1971: color pl. 14.
1978
King, Marian. Adventures in Art: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1978: 71, pl. 42.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 296, repro.
1980
Mayhew, Edgar de N., and Minor Myers, Jr. A Documentary History of American Interiors from the Colonial Era to 1915. New York, 1980: color pl. 6.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 538, no. 813, color repro.
1989
Gere, Charlotte. Nineteenth-Century Decoration: The Art of the Interior. London, 1989: 139, color pl. 149.
1990
Garrett, Elisabeth Donaghy. At Home: The American Family 1750-1870. New York, 1990: color repro. 74.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 426, 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: 588-590, color repro. 589.
2007
Lahikainen, Dean T. "A McIntire Restoration: The East Parlor in the Peirce-Nichols House, Salem, Massachusetts." Antiques (December 2007): 87, fig. 18.