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Provenance

Bequeathed by the sitter's mother, Joanna Barry [d. 1811], Washington, D.C., to her nephew, James David Barry [1774-1849], Washington, D.C.;[1] by descent to George Worthen Whistler [b. 1851], Baltimore;[2] sold by G. D. Whistler at (Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 4 February 1927, no. 63); bought by "Barry."[3] Sold by (Daniel H. Farr Co., New York and Philadelphia) to Edward Small Moore [1881-1948], New York, 1927;[4] his wife, Jean McGinley Moore Draper [Mrs. Charles Dana Draper, 1884/1885-1954], New York;[5] bequest 1954 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1876
Probably Charity Art Exhibition, Academy of Music, Baltimore, 1876, no. 433, as Miss Barry.
1935
Loan Exhibition of Portraits for the Benefit of the Post Graduate Hospital, Daniel H. Farr Company, New York, 1935, no. 13
1957
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Amory Houghton, U.S. Embassy residence, Paris, France, 1957-1961.
1964
Extended loan for use by Blair House, Washington, D.C., 1964-1984.
1984
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Gerald P. Carmen, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Mission residence, Geneva, Switzerland, 1984-1989.
1989
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Morris B. Abram, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Mission residence, Geneva, Switzerland, 1989-1993 (painting returned to NGA between February and July 1990).
2004
Gilbert Stuart, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art (for the National Portrait Gallery), Washington, D.C., 2004-2005, fig. 150 (shown only in Washington for second half of exhibition there).
Bibliography
1879
Mason, George C. The Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart. New York, 1879: 133-134.
1880
"Portraits Painted by Stuart...taken from Mason's Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart." In Exhibition of Portraits Painted by Gilbert Stuart. Exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1880: 30, no. 47.
1926
Park 1926, 135, no. 60.
1942
Clark, Allen C. "Captain James Barry." Records of the Columbia Historical Society of Washington, D.C.. 42-43 (1942): 12-13, repro. opp. 5.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 102, repro.
1973
Mount, Charles Merrill. "Gilbert Stuart in Washington; with a Catalogue of His Portraits Painted between December 1803 and July 1805." Records of the Columbia Historical Society of Washington, D.C. 48 (1973): repro. 97, 111, 124.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 228, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 352, repro.
1995
Miles, Ellen G. American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 233-235, color repro. 234.