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Provenance

The sitter, Elizabeth Stevens Carle [1761-1790], Baker's Basin, New Jersey; by inheritance to her grandniece, Sarah Smith Phillips Stevens [1841-1921], Trenton;[1] by inheritance to her nephew, James Francis Armstrong Phillips [1885-1956];[2] Frederick Titus Bechtel [d. 1948], Trenton;[3] by inheritance to his widow, Edna McNiece Bechtel [1880-1974],Trenton; purchased 17 August 1950 by (M. Knoedler & Co., New York);[4} sold December 1950 to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History
1951
Progress of a Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 7 January - 7 February 1951, no checklist, as by Matthew Pratt.
1966
Past and Present: 250 Years of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 15 April - 30 September 1966, unpublished checklist, as by Matthew Pratt.
1972
Conservation in the Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 15 September - 22 October 1972, unpublished checklist, as by Matthew Pratt.
1976
Corcoran [The American Genius], Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 24 January - 4 April 1976, unnumbered catalogue, as by Matthew Pratt.
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; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, 2005-2007, checklist no. 4, as by Matthew Pratt.
2008
The American Evolution: A History through Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 1 March - 27 July 2008, unpublished checklist.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American Journeys: Visions of Place, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 21 September 2013 - 28 September 2014, unpublished checklist.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. "Joseph Wright, Elizabeth Stevens Carle." In Corcoran Gallery of Art: American Paintings to 1945. Edited by Sarah Cash. Washington, 2011: 54-55, 254, repro.