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Inscription

lower left: AEtas. Suae. / 35. years / 1720

Provenance

Joseph Willson (brother of Samuel Willson, who may have been the sitter); passed to Joseph's remarried widow, Elizabeth Willson Hallett; by descent to her daughter, Catherine Hallett Sinott; by descent to her daughter, Catherine Sinott Boone; by descent to her daughter, Catherine Boone Robinson; by descent to her daughter, Catherine Robinson, by whom sold (date unknown). Owned jointly by (Harry Shaw Newman Gallery and M. Knoedler and Co., New York, 1947-1948),[1] by whom sold in 1948 to Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; gift to NGA, 1957.

Exhibition History
1945
18th Century American Paintings, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 1945, no cat.
1947
Colonial Americans, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts (now Columbus Museum of Art), Ohio, 1947, no. 25.
1948
American Paintings of the 18th and Early 19th Centuries, M. Knoedler and Co., New York, 1948, no. 2.
1967
Merchants and Planters of the Upper Hudson Valley 1700-1750, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg; Albany Institute of History and Art; Museum of American Folk Art and New-York Historical Soc., New York, 1967, unnumbered brochure.
1970
Two Centuries of American Portraits, University of Kentucky Art Gallery, Lexington; Paducah Art Gallery, Kentucky; J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, 1970, no cat.
1977
Loan for display with permanent collection, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, 1977-1979.
Bibliography
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 156, repro., as by Unknown American.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 303, repro., as by Unknown American.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 334, 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: 337-339, repro. 338.