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center right: R. Peale / 1859.

Provenance

Joseph Harrison, Jr. [1810-1874], Philadelphia;[1] his wife, Sarah Poulterer Harrison [Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1817-1906], Philadelphia;[2] (her estate sale, M. Thomas and Sons, Philadelphia, 23-25 February 1910, no. 134).[3] Leland Harrison [1883-1951], Washington, D.C., great-grandson of Joseph Harrison;[4] gift 1955 to NGA of Anne Churchill Coleman Harrison [Mrs. Leland Harrison, d. 1966],[5] Washington, D.C. in her husband's name.

Exhibition History
1860
Thirty-Seventh Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1860, no. 79.
1864
At the home of Joseph Harrison, Jr., Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, 1864.
1887
Loan Exhibition of Historical Portraits, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1887-1888, no. 412.
1955
Famous Americans, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland, 1955, no cat.
1967
National Gallery Loan Exhibition, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1967, no. 4.
1974
Selected American Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, University Center Gallery, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, 1974, no cat.
Bibliography
1859
"Personal." New York Times (18 June 1859): 8.
1860
"Obituary: Rembrandt Peale." The Crayon 7 (November 1860): 328.
1864
"Philadelphia Art Notes." Round Table 2 (9 July 1864): 59.
1870
Catalogue of Pictures in the Gallery of Joseph Harrison, Jr., Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Philadelphia, not dated (c. 1870): 2, no. 15.
1870
Catalogue of Pictures, Statuary, and Bronzes in the Gallery of Joseph Harrison, Jr., Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Philadelphia, 1870: 4, no. 10.
1880
Shinn, Earl [Edward Strahan]. "The Collection of Mrs. Joseph Harrison." In The Art Treasures of America. Vol. 2. Philadelphia, 1880. Reprint, New York, 1977: 108.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 88, repro.
1976
Baekeland, Frederick. "Collectors of American Painting, 1813 to 1913." American Art Review 3 (November-December 1976): 130.
1976
Evans, Dorinda. "Thomas Sully [by Rembrandt Peale]." In Philadelphia: Three Centuries of American Art. Exh. cat. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976: 252.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 205, repro.
1986
Scheflow, Carrie H. "Rembrandt Peale: A Chronology." Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 110, no. 1 (January 1986): 179.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 257, repro.
1993
Nutty, Carolyn Sue Himelick. "Joseph Harrison, Jr. (1810-1874): Philadelphia Art Collector." 2 vols. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Delaware, Newark, 1993: 1:252-253, 578.
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: 68-71, color repro.