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Provenance

Descended in the family of the sitter to a Mrs. Baylor of Hagerstown, Maryland. (Norman Asner, Baltimore), by whom sold in 1956 to Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; gift to NGA, 1978.

Exhibition History
1954
American Primitive Painting, traveling exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Inst. for the U.S. Information Service, Washington, 1954-1955, (not included in cat.). First venue: Kunstmuseum, Lucerne, Switzerland.
1979
Black Artists/South, Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama, 1979, no. 95. (cat. by Ralph M. Hudson).
1985
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, Exh. cat. Traveling exh. by the International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington, 1985-1987, no. 39, color repro. First venue: Museum of American Folk Art, New York.
1987
Joshua Johnson: Freeman and Early American Portrait Painter, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg, 1987-1988, no. 73, color repro. (not shown at two Whitney Museum venues, NY and Stamford, CT).
1988
La Nascita di Una Nazione: Pittori americani dalla National Gallery of Art di Washington 1730-1880, Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande, Bologna; Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna di Ca'Pesaro, Venice, 1988-1989, no. 39, repro.
Bibliography
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 184, repro.
1983
Perry, Mary Lynn. "Joshua Johnson: His Historical Context and His Art." M.A. thesis. George Washington University, Washington, 1983: iii, 128, 130, 135, 192, 193.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 214, 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: 228-230, repro. 229.