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Inscription

on reverse, in a later hand: Sir Robert Liston--Died 1837 / G C B / Her Britannic Majesty's / Ambassador to / the Sublime Porte / Painted by Raeburn

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Provenance

The sitter's grand-niece and heir, Henrietta Ramage Liston Foulis [d. 1850], Millburn Tower, County Edinburgh, Scotland;[1] her son, Sir James Liston Foulis, 9th baronet [1847-1895], Woodhall and Millburn Tower, County Edinburgh; his son, Sir William Liston Foulis, 10th baronet [1869-1918], Woodhall and Millburn Tower, County Edinburgh; (P. & D. Colnaghi & Obach, London, on joint account with M. Knoedler & Co., New York), 16 December 1919; sold April 1920 to Elbert H. Gary [1846-1927], New York;[2] sale of his estate (American Art Association, New York, 8 December 1934, no. 386);[3] bought by Helena Woolworth McCann [Mrs. Charles E. F. McCann, d. 1938], New York;[4] her children, Constance Woolworth Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest, and Frasier Winfield McCann;[5] (Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 21 February 1945, no. 48).[6] Booth Tarkington [1869-1946], Indianapolis, Indiana; his widow, Susannah Robinson Tarkington [d. 1966];[7] consigned November 1947 by (Daniel H. Farr) to (M. Knoedler & Co.); sold that month to Chester Dale [1883-1962], New York; gift 1957 to NGA.

Exhibition History

1884
Scottish National Portraits, Edinburgh, 1884, no. 280, as by Sir Henry Raeburn
1942
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1942-1944 (on loan from the Winfield Foundation)
1965
The Chester Dale Bequest, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1965, unnumbered checklist.

Bibliography

1843
Cunningham, Allan. The Life of Sir David Wilkie; with his Journals, Tours, and Critical Remarks on Works of Art; and a Selection from his Correspondence. 3 vols. London, 1843: 2:119.
1879
Mason, George C. The Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart. New York, 1879: 215.
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: 46, no. 369.
1901
Armstrong, Sir Walter. Sir Henry Raeburn. London, 1901: 106.
1904
Pinnington, Edward. Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A.. London, 1904: 238.
1911
Greig, James. Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A., London, 1911: 51.
1926
Park 1926, 478-479, no. 493, repro.
1932
Whitley 1932, 117.
1934
"When Genuine Raeburns Turn Out to Be Absolute Gilbert Stuarts." Art Digest 9, no. 5 (1 December 1934): 8.
1935
Comstock, Helen. "A Recapitulation of Portraits Recovered for Gilbert Stuart." The Connoisseur 95 (February 1935): 99-100, repro.
1954
Perkins, Bradford. "A Diplomat's Wife in Philadelphia: Letters of Henrietta Liston, 1796-1800." William and Mary Quarterly 11, no. 4 (January 1954): 592-632, repro.
1961
Wright, Esmond. "Robert Liston, Second British Minister to the United States." History Today 11, no. 2 (February 1961): 118-127, repro.
1964
Mount 1964, 224, 370.
1965
_Paintings other than French in the Chester Dale Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 29, repro.
1970
_American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 104, repro.
1975
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 382, color repro.
1980
_American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 231, repro.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 378, no. 533, color repro.
1986
McLanathan 1986, 99-100, color repro.
1992
_American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 351, 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: 221-224, color repro. 223.
2000
Kirsh, Andrea, and Levenson, Rustin S. Seeing Through Paintings: Physical Examination in Art Historical Studies. Physical Examination in Art Historical Studies, vol. 1. New Haven, 2000: 262.

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