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Inscription

on reverse (no longer visible, photograph in object file [1953.5.51] in NGA curatorial records): Mrs. J. B Sheldon / Unionville, O

Provenance

Mrs. Jerome Bonapart Sheldon [née Caroline Grover, c. 1829-1872 or later], Unionville, Ohio.[1] Purchased in Clyde, New York, by (Downtown Gallery, New York), by whom sold in 1948 to Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; gift to NGA, 1953.

Exhibition History
1948
The American Family, Folk Paintings 1750-1850, Downtown Gallery, New York, 1948, no. 5, as Mrs. J. B. Sheldon.
1954
American Primitive Paintings from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Part I, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1954, no. 56, as Mrs. J. B. Sheldon.
1955
American Primitive Pantings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1955.
1957
American Primitive Paintings from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Part II, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1957.
1973
Asahel Powers: Painter of Vermont Faces, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg, 1973, no. 26, as Mrs. J. B. Sheldon, (cat. by Nina Fletcher Little).
2010
American Naive Paintings from the Garbisch Collection at the National Gallery of Art, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia, 2010, no cat.
Bibliography
1949
Ford, Alice. Pictorial Folk Art: New England to California. New York and London, 1949: 72-73.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 90, repro., as Mrs. J.B. Sheldon.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 211, repro.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 543, no. 818, color repro., as Mrs. J.B. Sheldon.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 265, 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: 291, 294, color repro. 292.