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on central sphere of upper border: AMERICA; on foremost ingot at lower right: L. VAN SCHOOR. IN. & PINX.; in the lower galloon, left of center, the Brussels city mark: B [shield] B; in the lower galloon, right of center: A.AVWERCX.


Purchased before 1914 at a private sale in France by James Hazen Hyde [1876-1959], Paris;[1] bequest 1959 to NGA.

Exhibition History
Quatre Siècles de Colonisation Française, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, 1931, no. 419.
Extended loan for use by the Ambassador, U.S. Department of State, Paris, France, 1971-1975.
The European Vision of America, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Cleveland Museum of Art; Grand Palais, Paris, 1976-1977, no. 123, repro. (shown only in Washington).
Hyde, James Hazen. "L'Iconographie des quatre parties du monde dans les tapisseries." Gazette des Beaux-Arts per. 5, vol. 10 (1924): 260.
Arizzoli, Louise. "James Hazen Hyde and the Allegory of the Four Continents: A research collection for an amateur art historian." Journal of the History of Collections 25, no. 2 (2013): 277-286, esp. 277, 284.