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Inscription

on base of memorial: S.J. Sc 1831; on memorial: to the Memory of / Ednah Eaton- / who died December 22nd / 1797, AEt. 3 years- / Samuel Eaton- / [w]ho Died October 6th 1803, / [] 3 years- / [M]ehitable Eaton / [w]ho died April 12th 1819- / 12 Years- / Lucy Eaton- / who died August 14th / 1830- / AEt 40 years- / Sleep on, my Children, sleep; across top reverse (no longer visible, photograph in object file [1955.11.9] in NGA curatorial records): Painted AD 1831 in Plaistow, N, Hampshire / by Samuel Jordan; lower right reverse in pseudo-Greek: Samuel Jordan of Boston / painted AD 1831 / Aged 27 / in God's Name / Adieu.; lower left reverse, below a shooting star and a half-fallen cross, in pseudo-Greek: Christ our Trust

Provenance

Recorded as from New Hampshire. (Edith Gregor Halpert, American Folk Art Gallery, New York); sold 1949 to Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; gift 1955 to NGA.

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. 66.
1955
American Primitive Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1955 (temporary replacement for another painting for part of exhibition).
1975
American Folk Art: Tour in the Arkansas Artmobile Bicentennial Exhibition, traveling exhibition organized by the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, 1975-1976, no cat.
1981
Scenes of Folk Art, Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, West Germany, 1981, no cat.
1993
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, 1993-1994.
1993
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, Savannah, Georgia, 1993.
1994
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Heckscher Museum, Huntington, New York, 1994.
1994
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Louisiana Arts and Science Center, Baton Rouge, 1994-1995.
1995
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Boise Art Museum, Idaho, 1995.
1995
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), McKissick Museum, Columbia, South Carolina, 1995.
1995
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Pensacola Museum of Art, Florida, 1995.
1995
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), St. John's Museum of Art, Wilmington, North Carolina, 1995-1996.
1996
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainseville, 1996-1997.
1996
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1996.
1996
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California, 1996.
1996
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Virginia, 1996.
1997
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, 1997.
1998
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art (NGA National Lending Service exhibition), Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 1998.
2010
American Naive Paintings from the Garbisch Collection at the National Gallery of Art, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia, 2010, no cat.
Bibliography
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 74, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 185, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 216, 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: 236-238, repro. 237.
2009
Child, Deborah M. "Samuel Jordan: Artist, Thief, Villian." Antiques and Fine Art (Summer 2009): 150, 151-152, 153 n. 8, figs. 9a, 9b.