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center right: A.W.s.p.t. / 1795


The sitter's mother, Sarah Shippen Lea [1756-1831, Mrs. Thomas Lea]; 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

Exhibition of Early American Paintings, Miniatures and Silver Assembled by the Washington Loan Exhibition Committee, National Gallery of Art (now Smithsonian American Art Museum), Washington, 1925-1926, no. 93, repro., as Portrait of Master Robert Shippen Lea.
Loan to display with permanent collection, National Society of Colonial Dames, Headquarters of the Pennsylvania Society, Philadelphia, by 1959-1979.
Philadelphia, Three Centuries of American Art: Bicentennial Exhibition, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976, no. 136, repro.
Acquisitions Since 1975, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 5 November 1982 - 16 January 1983, unpublished checklist.
The American Evolution: A History through Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 1 March - 27 July 2008, unpublished checklist.


Gustafson, Eleanor H. "Museum accessions." Antiques (November 1981): 1092.
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.

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