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Provenance

The sittter [1756-1831]; by inheritance to her granddaughter, Sarah Lea Lynch [1809-1887, Mrs. Nicholas Luquer], Brooklyn; by descent in her family; gift September 1979 to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2014 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History
1864
Brooklyn and Long Island Fair for the Benefit of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 22 February - 8 March 1864, no. 6, as Mrs. Lea.
1959
Loan to display with permanent collection, National Society of Colonial Dames, Headquarters of the Pennsylvania Society, Philadelphia, by 1959-1979 (expect for loan to special exhibitions).
1967
Gilbert Stuart: Portraitist of the Young Republic, 1755-1928, National Gallery of Art, Washington; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1967, no. 31, repro.
1976
Philadelphia: Three Centuries of American Art, Bicentennial Exhibition, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976, no. 147, repro.
1982
Acquisitions Since 1975, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 1982-1983, unpublished checklist.
1991
Tokens of Affection: The Portrait Miniature in America, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Museum of American Art, Washington; Art Institute of Chicago, 1991, unnumbered checklist, as Mrs. Thomas Lea.
2008
The American Evolution: A History through Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 2008, unpublished checklist.
2013
American Journeys: Visions of Place, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 21 September 2013 - 28 September 2014, unpublished checklist.
Bibliography
2011
Miles, Ellen G. "Gilbert Stuart, Sarah Shippen Lea (Mrs. Thomas Lea)." In Corcoran Gallery of Art: American Paintings to 1945. Edited by Sarah Cash. Washington, 2011: 56-57, 254-255, repro.