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Acquired from the artist November 1924 by the estate of John Quinn [1870-1924], New York; (his estate sale, American Art Galleries, New York, 9-12 February 1927, 3rd day, no. 477, as Girl Reading a Letter); (Joseph Brummer [1883-1947], New York); John Quinn's sister, Julia Quinn Anderson; 1934 to her daughter, Mary Anderson [Mrs. Thomas F.] Conroy; 1970 to her husband, Thomas F. Conroy; acquired by 1975 by private collection; sold 1986 through (Davis & Langdale Company Inc., New York) to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia;[1] gift 1994 to NGA.

Exhibition History
Gwen John: A Retrospective Exhibition, Davis & Long Company, New York, 1975, no. 102, repro.
Gwen John: Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of John Quinn & Others, Stanford University Museum of Art, California, 1982, no. 8, repro.
A Lineage of American Perceptual Painters, The Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, Annapolis, 2015, no catalogue.
Langdale, Cecily. Gwen John: With a Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings and a Selection of the Drawings. New Haven and London, 1987: no. 120, pl. 240.