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Provenance

The artist; purchased 1811 by Benjamin Chew Wilcocks [1776-1845], Philadelphia;[1] probably by inheritance to his sister, Mary Wilcocks (Mrs. Charles) Ingersoll [1784-1862], Philadelphia; probably by inheritance in the family to the Misses Hutchinson, Philadelphia, by 1921;[2] (Renaissance Galleries, Philadelphia); purchased 1949 by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History
1812
Second Annual Exhibition of The Society of Artists of the United States and the Pennsylvania Academy, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 11 May - 20 June1812, no. 5.
1922
Memorial Exhibition of Portraits by Thomas Sully, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 9 April - 10 May 1922, no. 16.
1966
Past and Present: 250 Years of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 15 April - 30 September 1966, unpublished checklist.
1967
The Painter and the New World, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 8 June - 30 July 1967, no. 210..
1971
Portraits of the American Stage 1771-1971, The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, 1 September - 31 October 1971, no. 20, repro.
1976
The American Genius, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 24 January - 4 April 1976, unnumbered catalogue.
1978
The William A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 26 April - 16 July 1978.
1980
Benjamin West and His American Students, National Portrait Gallery, Washington; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1980-1981, unnumbered catalogue.
1983
Mr. Sully, Portrait Painter, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, 3 June - 7 September 1983, no. 16.
1993
The Century Club Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 21 July - 13 September 1993, unpublished checklist.
2004
Figuratively Speaking: The Human Form in American Art, 1770-1950, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 20 November 2004 - 7 August 2005, unpublished checklist.
2005
Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, 2005-2007, checklist no. 8.
2009
American Paintings from the Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 6 June - 18 October 2009, unpublished checklist.
Bibliography
n.d.
Bronson, Steven E. "Thomas Sully: Style and Development in Masterworks of Portraiture 1783-1839." Ph.D. diss, University of Delaware ,1986: 76, 80, 100, 102.
1951
"An Early Theatrical Portrait by Sully." The Corcoran Gallery of Art Bulletin (1951): 6-12.
1980
Evans, Dorinda. Benjamin West and His American Students. Exh. cat. National Portrait Gallery, Washington; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. Washington, 1980: 153-155, repro.
1983
Fabian, Monroe H. Mr. Sully, Portrait Painter: The Works of Thomas Sully (1783-1872). Washington, D.C., 1983: cat. 15.
1983
Johns, Christopher M.S. "Theater and Theory: Thomas Sully's 'George Frederick Cooke as Richard III.'" Wintethur Portfolio18 (Spring, 1983): 35-36, fig. 5.
1984
Morris, Charles. Makers of Philadelphia, an historical work giving sketches of the most eminent citizen of Philadelphia from the time of William Penn to the present day. Philadelphia, 1894: 23.
2000
Cash, Sarah, with Terrie Sultan. American Treasures of The Corcoran Gallery of Art. New York, 2000: 18, 32 repro.
2005
Clubbe, John. Byron, Sully, and the Power of Portraiture. Burlington, VT, 2005: 81-83, repro.
2011
Cash, Sarah, ed. Corcoran Gallery of Art : American Paintings to 1945. Washington, 2011: 318, repro.