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 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- Acquisitions Since 1975, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 5 November 1982 - 16 January 1983, unpublished checklist.
- The American Evolution: A History through Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 1 March - 27 July 2008, unpublished checklist.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.