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Inscription

lower left in blue gouache: LA FARGE SAMOA

Provenance

(Doll and Richards, Boston, Massachusetts); Joshua Montgomery Sears, Boston, Massachusetts, 1898; Mrs. Joshua Montgomery (Sarah Choates) Sears, Boston, Massachusetts, 1905; Mrs. J. D. Cameron (Sarah Sears) Bradley, Boston, Massachusetts, 1934; Dr. WIlliam H. Smith, New York, 1934; (Childs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1960); Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1960; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art

Exhibition History
1896
[exhibition title unknown], Doll and Richards, Boston, Massachusetts, 1896, no. 17
1897
[exhibition title unknown], Boston Art Club, Massachusetts, 1897, no. 105 (as "South Sea Idyl")
1898
Exhibition and Private Sale of Paintings in Water Color Chiefly from South Sea Islands and Japan by Mr. John La Farge, Doll and Richards, Boston, Massachusetts, 1898, no. 7
1905
[loan on deposit], Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, 1905-1907
1911
Memorial Exhibition of La Farge Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, 1911
1929
[exhibition title unknown], Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, 1929, no. 56
1931
[exhibition title unknown], Wildenstein, New York, 1931, no. 22
1936
An Exhibition of the Work of John La Farge, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1936, no. 52 (as "Girl Standing in a Canoe")
1936
Prints and Drawings by Winslow Homer and John La Farge, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, 1936 (as "Girl on a Canoe")
1963
Progress of An American Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1963
1980
The Human Form: Contemporary American Figure Drawing and the Academic Tradition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1980, no. 13
1983
American Master Drawings from the Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1983
1984
The American Figure: Vanderlyn to Bellows, Mansfield Art Center, Ohio, 1984, no. 8 (as "Samoan Girl in a Canoe")
1986
American Masters: Works on Paper from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 1986-1988, pp. 37-38, no. 19, repro
1990
John La Farge: Watercolors and Drawings, Hudson River Museum, Westchester, New York, 1990-1991, p. 99, no. 43, repro
1996
The Collection in Context: Paul Gauguin, Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1996-1997
2010
John La Farge's Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890-1891, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, 2010-2011, p. 34, fig. 34, no. 30, repro
Bibliography
1983
Simmons, Linda Crocker and with the assistance of Adrianne J. Humphrey, et al. American Drawings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Collages in the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1983: p. 76, no. 476.
1987
Adams, Henry, Kathleen A. Foster, et al. John La Farge. New York: Abbeville Press, 1987, p. 116.
1988
Yarnell, James L. "John La Farge and Henry Adams in the South Seas." American Art Journal 20, no. 1 (1988): p. 100.
1998
Yarnell, James L. Recreation and Idleness: The Pacific Travels of John La Farge. New York: V. Jordan Fine Art, 1998, p. 166, fig. 195.