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Inscription

on reverse (no longer visible, photograph in object file [1955.11.8] in NGA curatorial records): Henry L Wells / Ages 2 1/2 Years / Aug 1845

Provenance

Recorded as from Massachusetts. Purchased in 1949 by Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; gift to NGA, 1955.

Exhibition History
1954
American Primitive Paintings from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Part I, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1954, no. 96, as artist unkown.
1968
American Primitive Paintings from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts, Georgia, 1968-1969, no. 3, as artist unkown.
1972
Loan for display with permanent collection, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, 1972-1974.
1978
The Folk Arts and Crafts of the Susquehanna and Chenango River Valleys, Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences, Binghamton, New York, 1978, no cat.
1985
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, Exh. cat. Traveling exh. by the International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington, 1985-1987, no. 60, color repro. First venue: Museum of American Folk Art, New York.
1988
La Nascita di Una Nazione: Pittori americani dalla National Gallery of Art di Washington 1730-1880, Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande, Bologna; Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna di Ca'Pesaro, Venice, 1988-1989, no. 60, repro.
Bibliography
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 156, repro., as by Unknown American.
1979
Heslip, Colleen Cowles. Mrs. Susan C. Waters, 19th-Century Itinerant Painter. Exh. cat. Bedford Gallery, Longwood Fine Arts Center, Longwood College, Virginia, 1979-1980: no. 19. (& biographical info.).
1979
Heslip, Colleen Cowles. "Susan C. Waters." Antiques 155 (April 1979): 769-777.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 303, repro., as by Unknown American.
1982
Barons, Richard I. The Folk Tradition: Early Arts and Crafts of the Susquehanna Valley. Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences, Binghamton, New York, 1982: no. 17.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 374, 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: 389-391, color repro. 390.