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Provenance

The sitter's son, Lewis Tappan [1788-1873], Brooklyn, New York;[1] his daughter, Julianna Aspinwell Tappan [b. 1816],[2] Brooklyn, New York; bequeathed to her sister, Ellen A. A. Hulett [d. 1906], Newburgh, New York; bequeathed to her daughter, Anna Hulett [d. 1961], Newburgh, New York, and Washington, D.C.;[3] purchased 26 January 1928 through (Ehrich Galleries, New York) by her cousin, Clarence Winthrop Bowen [1852-1935], New York, New York, and Woodstock, Connecticut;[4] his daughter, Roxana Wentworth Bowen, Lady Gordon Vereker [1895-1968], Valbonne, France;[5] bequest 1970 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1828
Exhibition of Portraits Painted by the Late Gilbert Stuart, Esq., Boston Athenaeum, 1828, no. 63
1928
Portraits by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), Ehrich Galleries, New York, 1928, no. 9
Bibliography
n.d.
Lewis Tappan Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
1828
"Memoir of the late Mrs. Sarah Tappan of Northampton, Masschusetts, the materials of which have been furnished by a surviving relative." The Home Missionary and American Pastor's Journal 1, no. 7 (1 November 1828): 121-125.
1834
Memoir of Mrs. Sarah Tappan. New York, 1834: repro. frontispiece (engraving by S. S. Osgood), 4.
1915
Tappan, Daniel Langdon. Tappan - Toppan Genealogy: Ancestors and Descendants of Abraham Toppan of Newbury, Massachusetts, 1606-1672. Arlington, Massachusetts, 1915: 24-25, 40-41.
1917
Fielding, Mantle. American Engravers Upon Copper and Steel. Philadelphia, 1917: 151, no. 748.
1924
Clarence Winthrop Bowen, Diary 1924-1934. American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts: 107-108.
1926
Park 1926, 739, no. 821, repro.
1928
"Acquires Portrait Sought 54 Years." The World (New York, New York) (18 February 1928): 12.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 235, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 356, 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: 258-261, color repro. 259.