Admission is always free Directions

Open today: 10:00 to 5:00

Provenance

The sitter's son, Lewis Tappan [1788-1873], Brooklyn, New York;[1] his daughter, Julianna Aspinwell Tappan [b. 1816], Brooklyn, New York;[2] bequeathed to her sister, Ellen A. A. Hulett [d. 1906], Newburgh, New York; bequeathed to her daughter, Margaret Hulett [d. 1947], Newburgh, New York, and Washington, D.C.;[3] sold to John F. Braun, Merion, Pennsylvania.[4] Purchased in 1933 by Clarence Winthrop Bowen [1852-1935], New York, New York, and Woodstock, Connecticut;[5] his daughter, Roxana Wentworth Bowen, Lady Gordon Vereker [1895-1968], Valbonne, France;[6] bequest 1970 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1828
Exhibition of Portraits Painted by the Late Gilbert Stuart, Esq., Boston Athenaeum, 1828, no. 62
Bibliography
n.d.
Lewis Tappan Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
1834
Memoir of Mrs. Sarah Tappan. New York, 1834: 4-5.
1870
Tappan, Lewis. The Life of Arthur Tappan. New York, 1870: 412-413.
1915
Tappan, Daniel Langdon. Tappan - Toppan Genealogy: Ancestors and Descendants of Abraham Toppan of Newbury, Massachusetts, 1606-1672. Arlington, Mass., 1915: 24-25, 40-41.
1924
Clarence Winthrop Bowen Papers, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.
1926
Park 1926, 737-738, no. 820, repro.
1964
Mount 1964, 300, 376.
1975
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: color repro. 386, 387.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 235, repro.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 383, no. 540, color repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 355, 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: 256-258, color repro. 257.