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Provenance

W.S.B. Grimson by 1930.[1] (M. Knoedler & Co.), London; probably purchased from (M. Knoedler & Co.), New York, by Mrs. Henry C. Lancashire; by descent to her daughter, Mrs. Richard Southgate, Manchester, Massachusetts; gift to NGA, 1951.

Exhibition History
1967
Loan for display with permanent collection, Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences (now Chrysler Museum), Virginia, 1967-1972.
Technical Summary

The medium-fine canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The ground is light gray, thinly and smoothly applied. The painting is broadly executed in fairly thin, smooth, opaque layers with only slight impasto in the highlights; the brown shadows and thin green paint of the background have a glazelike quality. The light-colored area to the left of the right arm may represent a pentimento, but the x-radiographs do not reveal an underpainted design. The painting is in good condition with only a few minor losses, chiefly in the sky. The natural resin varnish, evenly applied when the picture was surface cleaned in 1951, has not discolored.

Bibliography
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 67, as Joseph Highmore, A Scholar of Merton College, Oxford.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 59, repro., as Joseph Highmore, A Scholar of Merton College, Oxford.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 174, repro., as Joseph Highmore, A Scholar of Merton College, Oxford.
1979
Lewis, Alison Shepherd. "Joseph Highmore: 1692-1780." Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1975. Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1979: 638.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 201, repro., as A Scholar of Merton College, Oxford
1992
Hayes, John. British Paintings of the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 150-152, color repro. 151.
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