Charlotte I. Bullus, New York; gift 1838 to Minerva Denison Rodgers [1784-1877], wife of the sitter, Washington, D.C.; her daughter, Ann Minerva Rodgers Macomb [1824-1916], Washington, D.C.; her daughters, Nannie Rodgers Macomb [1864-1952] and Christina Livingston Macomb [-1945], Washington, D.C.; gift 1943 to NGA.
- Possibly Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1814, no. 103.
- Possibly Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, 1834, no. 132.
- 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, D.C., 1925-1926, no. 25.
- Exhibition of Portraits, Miniatures, Silver and Other Momentoes of the Rodgers Family, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, 1935, no cat.
- Loan Exhibition: Naval Personages & Traditions, Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, 1940, no. 27.
- Loan for display in the Reception Suite, National Museum of History and Technology (now National Museum of American History), Washington, D.C., 1964-1975.
- Extended loan for use by the White House Preservation Office in the ceremonial office of the Vice President, Old Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C., 1986-1997.
- Extended loan for display in the ceremonial office of Vice President Albert Gore, Jr., Old Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C., 1997-2001.
- Extended loan for display in the ceremonial office of Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building (formerly Old Executive Office Building), Washington, D.C., 2001-
- "Review of the Fourth Annual Exhibition of the Columbian Society of Artists and the Pennsylvania Academy." Port Folio 4 (July 1914): 98.
- "Miscellaneous Notices of the Fine Arts, Literature, Science, The Drama, Etc." American Monthly Magazine 3 (June 1834): 285.
- Bolton, Theodore, and George C. Groce, Jr. "John Wesley Jarvis: An Account of His Life and the First Catalogue of His Work." The Art Quarterly 1 (Autumn 1938): 317.
- Dickson, Harold E. John Wesley Jarvis, American Painter, 1780-1840. New York, 1949: 164, 196, 363, no. 200.
- American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 72, repro.
- American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 182, repro.
- American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 211, repro.
- Kelly, Franklin, with Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Deborah Chotner, and John Davis. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1996: 366-368, color repro.
The original support is a heavyweight, coarsely woven fabric with an uneven, high texture. It has been lined, but cusping is present along all four cut edges. The white ground is thick and smooth with a warm pink toning layer beneath the face and sky. Subsequent paint was laid down thickly with generous and quick brushstrokes, coalescing to a finer blend in the area of the face. Only the darker regions of the composition were thinly painted. A translucent brown tone serves as a base in selected areas. Inpainting is located in the shadows of the coat and in the sky to the left of Rodgers' head. The milky varnish was unevenly applied.