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lower left in watercolor: Blanchard / 1842; backing verso in black ink by unknown hand: Henry Clay / Painted in 1842 by / Blanchard, and for / years in the possession / of the late Joseph / Gales Esqr. by whom / it was esteemed the / best likeness ever / made of the original.


Joseph Gales, Jr., Washington, DC; Mrs. Joseph (Sarah J. M. Lee) Gales, Washington, DC, 1860; William Wilson Corcoran, Washington, DC, 1879; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1879; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art

Exhibition History

Portrait of a Dream, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1981


Hart, Charles Henry. "Life Portraits of Henry Clay." McClure's Magazine (September 1897): p. 939.
Bolton, Theodore. Early American Portrait Painters in Miniature. New York: F. F. Sherman, 1921, p. 14, no. 4.
Phillips, Dorothy W. A Catalogue of the Collection of American Paintings in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Vol. 1: Painters Born Before 1850. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1966, p. 70.

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