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Provenance

Captain Harold R. Wright, London and Bremen, Germany;[1] sold August 1927 to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris); sold November 1927 to Andrew W. Mellon [1855-1937], Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.;[2] deeded 30 March 1932 to The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1937 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1927
Kaiser-Friedrich Museum, Berlin, 1927 (information from Knoedler prospectus).
Bibliography
1927
Martin, William. "Der neuaufgefundene Jan Vermeer van Delft". Kunstwanderer (1927-1928): 6-7, repro.
1927
Ricci, Seymour de. "Le quarante-et-unième Vermeer." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 69 (1927): 306.
1928
Valentiner, Wilhelm R. "A Newly-Discovered Vermeer." Art in America (April 1928): 101-107, repro.
1929
Hofstede de Groot, C. Jan Vermeer de Delft, and Carel Fabritius. 1929: repro.
1929
Singleton, Esther. Old World Masters in New World Collections. New York, 1929: 228-232, repro.
1935
Tietze, Hans. Meisterwerke europäischer Malerei in Amerika. Vienna, 1935: 188, repro. (English ed., Masterpieces of European Painting in America. New York, 1939: 188, repro.).
1937
Frankfurter, Alfred M. "A Portfolio of the Andrew W. Mellon Collection." Art News 35 (1 May 1937): no. 6, repro.
1937
Hale, Philip Leslie. Vermeer. Edited by Frederick W. Coburn and Ralph T. Hale. Boston, 1937: 135-136, repro.
1937
"The Mellon Collection. A National Art Gallery for America." The Connoisseur (March 1937): 141.
1940
Goldscheider, Ludwig. The Paintings of Jan Vermeer. Oxford and New York, 1940: 14, pl. 38.
1941
Duveen Brothers. Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America. New York, 1941: no. 215, repro., as by Jan Vermeer.
1941
Preliminary Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1941: 208-209, no. 54, pl. XIV, as by Jan Vermeer.
1942
Book of Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 240, repro. 34, as by Jan Vermeer.
1945
Vries, Ary Bob de. Jan Vermeer van Delft. Basel, 1945: 118, no. 31.
1948
Vries, Ary Bob de. Jan Vermeer van Delft. Translated by Robert Allen. Revised ed. London and New York, 1948: 98, pl. 38.
1949
Paintings and Sculpture from the Mellon Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1949 (reprinted 1953 and 1958): 93, repro., as by Jan Vermeer.
1950
Swillens, P. T. A. Johannes Vermeer: Painter of Delft, 1632–1675. Translated by C.M. Breuning-Williamson. Utrecht, 1950: 66, no. J.
1958
Goldscheider, Ludwig. Jan Vermeer: The Paintings. London, 1958: 144, no. 5.
1965
National Gallery of Art. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. Washington, 1965: 135, as by Vermeer.
1968
Bianconi, Piero. Tout l'oeuvre peint de Vermeer. Paris, 1968: 91, no. 22.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 122, repro., as by Vermeer.
1970
Richard, Paul. "The Mystery of the Two Vermeers." The Washington Post (February 12, 1970): B1, B12.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 362, repro., as Follower of Jan Vermeer.
1991
Kopper, Philip. America's National Gallery of Art: A Gift to the Nation. New York, 1991: 68.
1995
Wheelock, Arthur K., Jr. "The Story of Two Vermeer Forgeries." In Shop Talk: Studies in Honor of Seymour Slive, Presented on His Seventy-fifth Birthday. Cambridge, Mass., 1995: 271-275, 427-428 figs. 3-5, as by Imitator of Johannes Vermeer (probably Theodorus van Wijngaarden).
2001
Franits, Wayne E., ed. The Cambridge companion to Vermeer. Cambridge, England, and New York, 2001: 173-176, fig. 61, as by Theodorus van Wijngaarden.
2008
Dolnick, Edward. The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century. New York, 2008: 105-108, 109-111, 118, 119, 306, color plate, as by Theo van Wijngaarden.
2008
Fenton, Roger. "Victims of Vermeermania." The New York Review of Books 55, no. 17 (November 6, 2008): 58.
2008
Lopez, Jonathan. The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren. New York, 2008: 5, 6, 22-24, 53-54, 59, 61, 69-71, 75, 85-86, 101, 103, 139-140, 237-240, repro., as by Han van Meegeren.
2008
Lopez, Jonathan. "Van Meegeren's Early Vermeers." Apollo (July-August 2008): 22-29, fig. 1, as by Han van Meegeren.
2009
Lopez, Jonathan. "Forger's Justice." Letter to the Editor. The New York Review of Books 56, no. 4 (March 12, 2009): 46.
2013
Harris, Neil. Capital Culture: J. Carter Brown, the National Gallery of Art, and the Reinvention of the Museum Experience. Chicago and London, 2013: 221.