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Inscription

lower left: Wm M Hunt 1857; upper left reverse, transcribed from original canvas onto the relining: "The Belated Kid" / Painted by Wm M. Hunt at -Newport in 1857-

Provenance

Sidney Brooks [1799-1878], Medford, Massachusetts; by inheritance to his nephew, Peter Chadron Brooks, III [1831-1920], West Medford, Massachusetts, by 1879;[1] by inheritance to his daughter, Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall [1867-1961, Mrs. Richard Middlecott Saltonstall], Brookline, Massachusetts, by 1922;[2] by inheritance to her sons, Richard Saltonstall [1897-1982] and Leverett Saltonstall [1892-1979]; gift 1962 in their mother's name to Bradford Junior College, Massachusetts;[3] (sale, Robert W. Skinner, Inc., Bolton, Massachusetts, 20 November 1980); (Jordan Volpe Gallery, New York); purchased 11 February 1981 by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History
1879
Exhibition of the Works of William Morris Hunt, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 11 November - 31 January 1880, no. 33.
1880
Loan Collection of Paintings in the West and East Galleries, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, April-October 1880, no. 34.
1894
William Morris Hunt, St. Botolph Club, Boston, April 1894, no. 2.
1924
Memorial Exhibition of the Works of William Morris Hunt, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 8-24 March 1924, no. 40.
1982
Acquisitions Since 1975, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 5 November 1982 - 16 January 1983, unpublished checklist.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; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, 2005-2007, checklist no. 27 (shown only in Houston, Southampton, and Charlotte).
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The American Evolution: A History through Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 1 March - 27 July 2008, unpublished checklist.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American Journeys: Visions of Place, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 21 September 2013 - 28 September 2014, unpublished checklist.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
1984
Corcoran Gallery of Art. American Painting: The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, 1984: 20, repro. 21.
2000
Cash, Sarah, with Terrie Sultan. American Treasures of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. New York, 2000: 73, repro.
2011
Cash, Sarah, ed. Corcoran Gallery of Art: American Paintings to 1945. Washington, 2011: 302, repro.