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Provenance

(Rose M. de Forest [Mrs. Augustus de Forest], New York); purchased 16 March 1921 by Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York; his estate; sold as part of the Clarke collection 29 January 1936, through (M. Knoedler & Co., New York), to The A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1954 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1921
Exhibition of Paintings by Early American Portrait Painters, The Union League Club, New York, December 1921, no. 6, as Levi Lincoln by Samuel F. B. Morse.
1928
Portraits by Early American Artists of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Collected by Thomas B. Clarke, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1928-1931, unnumbered and unpaginated catalogue, as Levi Lincoln by Samuel F. B. Morse.
Bibliography
1928
Portraits by Early American Artists of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Collected by Thomas B. Clarke. Exh. cat. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1928, unnumbered, as Levi Lincoln by Samuel F. B. Morse.
1930
Sherman, Frederic Fairchild. Early American Portraiture. New York, 1930: 37.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 148, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 292, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 422, repro.
1998
Torchia, Robert Wilson, with Deborah Chotner and Ellen G. Miles. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part II. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1998: 283-284, repro.