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Provenance

Recorded as from Stonington, Connecticut. Descended in the family of the sitter.[1] (Victor Spark, New York), by whom sold in 1947 to Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; by bequest to NGA, 1980.

Exhibition History
1954
American Primitive Paintings from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Part I, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1954, no. 22.
1955
American Primitive Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1955 (replaced temporarily for part of exhibition).
1955
Paintings from St. James' Collectors, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, 1955, no. 18.
1958
American Folk Art. Part of American Art. Four Exhibitions, Brussels Universal and International Exhibition, Belgium, 1958, no. 48, 37, repro. 36.
1961
101 Masterpieces of American Primitive Painting from the Collection of E.W. and B.C. Garbisch, traveling exh. by the Amer. Federation of Arts, New York, 1961-1964, no. 19, color repro. First venue: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.
1967
Fifty Masterpieces of American Primitive Painting from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida, 1967, no cat.
1968
American Naive Painting of the 18th and 19th Centuries: 111 Masterpieces from the Collection of E.W. and B.C. Garbisch, traveling exh. by Amer. Fed. of Arts, N.Y., 1968-1970, no. 27, repro. First venue: Grand Palais, Paris.
1970
The New World: 1620-1970, Chrysler Museum of Art, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1970, no. 6.
1978
The American Folk Art Tradition: Paintings from the Garbisch Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1978.
1985
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, traveling exhibition by the International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington, 1985-1987, no. 24, color repro. First venue: Museum of American Folk Art, N.Y.
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. 24, repro.
Bibliography
1957
Little, Nina Fletcher. "Little-Known Connecticut Artists, 1790-1810." Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin 22 (October 1957): 100-101.
1965
Warwick, Edward, Henry Pitz, and Alexander Wyckoff. Early American Dress: The Colonial and Revolutionary Periods. New York, 1965: 96.
1966
Black, Mary and Jean Lipman. American Folk Painting. New York, 1966: 20, 21, 35.
1972
Schloss, Christine Skeeles. The Beardsley Limner and Some Contemporaries: Postrevolutionary Portraiture in New England, 1775-1805. Exh. cat. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg, Va., 1972: 36.
1981
Harlow, Thompson R. "The Life and Trials of Joseph Steward." Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin 46 (October 1981): 111, 117, 126, 129.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 158, 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: 88-90, repro. 89.