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Provenance

Edwin A. Blake [1847-1928], the sitter's great-grandson;[1] sold 1916 to (Macbeth Galleries, New York);[2] purchased 1917 by Alice Greenwood Chapman, Milwaukee [1853-1935];[3] repurchased by (Macbeth Gallery, New York); sold 25 February 1919 to Arthur Meeker [1866-1946], Chicago.[4] Fannie Morris Babcock Murray [Mrs. Henry Alexander Murray, 1858-1940], New York; her son, Dr. Henry A. Murray, Cambridge, MA [1893-1988]; gift 1978 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1917
An Exhibition of Early American Paintings, Museum of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, 1917, no. 8.
Bibliography
1903
Babcock, Stephen. Babcock Genealogy. New York, 1903: 67-68, repro. opp. 68.
1907
Updike, Wilkins. A History of the Episcopal Church in Narragansett, Rhode Island. 2nd ed. vols. Boston, 1907: 2:v, repro. opp. 52.
1910
Bayley, Frank W. A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1910: 23.
1915
Bayley, Frank W. The Life and Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1915: 48.
1917
An Exhibition of Early American Paintings, Exh. cat. Museum of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, 1917: no. 8.
1930
Bolton, Theodore and Harry Lorin Binsse. "John Singleton Copley." The Antiquarian 15 (December 1930): 116.
1938
Parker, Barbara Neville and Anne Bolling Wheeler. John Singleton Copley: American Portraits in Oil, Pastel, and Miniature, with Biographical Sketches. Boston, 1938: 29-30, pl. 120.
1966
Prown, Jules David. John Singleton Copley. 2 vols. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1966: 1:92, 156-157, 208, fig. 333.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 134, repro.
1991
Kornhauser, Elizabeth Mankin. Ralph Earl: The Face of the Young Republic. Exh. cat. Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford. New Haven, 1991: 10-11, 104, repro. 106.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 149, 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: 38-40, repro. 39.