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The sitter's son, Lewis Tappan [1788-1873], Brooklyn, New York;[1] his daughter, Julianna Aspinwell Tappan [b. 1816],[2] Brooklyn, New York; bequeathed to her sister, Ellen A. A. Hulett [d. 1906], Newburgh, New York; bequeathed to her daughter, Anna Hulett [d. 1961], Newburgh, New York, and Washington, D.C.;[3] purchased 26 January 1928 through (Ehrich Galleries, New York) by her cousin, Clarence Winthrop Bowen [1852-1935], New York, New York, and Woodstock, Connecticut;[4] his daughter, Roxana Wentworth Bowen, Lady Gordon Vereker [1895-1968], Valbonne, France;[5] bequest 1970 to NGA.

Exhibition History
Exhibition of Portraits Painted by the Late Gilbert Stuart, Esq., Boston Athenaeum, 1828, no. 63
Portraits by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), Ehrich Galleries, New York, 1928, no. 9
Lewis Tappan Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
"Memoir of the late Mrs. Sarah Tappan of Northampton, Masschusetts, the materials of which have been furnished by a surviving relative." The Home Missionary and American Pastor's Journal 1, no. 7 (1 November 1828): 121-125.
Memoir of Mrs. Sarah Tappan. New York, 1834: repro. frontispiece (engraving by S. S. Osgood), 4.
Tappan, Daniel Langdon. Tappan - Toppan Genealogy: Ancestors and Descendants of Abraham Toppan of Newbury, Massachusetts, 1606-1672. Arlington, Massachusetts, 1915: 24-25, 40-41.
Fielding, Mantle. American Engravers Upon Copper and Steel. Philadelphia, PA: Wickersham Press, 1917, p. 151, no. 748.
Clarence Winthrop Bowen, Diary 1924-1934. American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts: 107-108.
Park 1926, 739, no. 821, repro.
"Acquires Portrait Sought 54 Years." The World (New York, New York) (18 February 1928): 12.
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 235, repro.
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 356, repro.
Miles, Ellen G. American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 258-261, color repro. 259.
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