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lower left on top right-hand page of book: JOSHU[A]JOHNSON; and below: JJ (in monogram)


Recorded as from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Descended in the family of the sitter, probably to her sister-in-law, Delilah Gustin Hunter; probably to her son, William Hunter, Sr.; to his daughter, Emily Frances Hunter (Mrs. George Cross); to her daughter, Mrs. Daisy (Cross) Somers; to her cousin, Katherine Mahon Hunter;[1] by whom sold in 1961 to Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; gift to NGA, 1971.

Exhibition History

Jacob Frymire--American Limner, traveling exhibition, 1975-1976, no. 37, (cat. by Linda Crocker Simmons). First venue: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington.
Charles Peale Polk (1767-1822), A Limner and His Likenesses, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg; Dayton Art Institute; Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga; Heritage Plantation of Sandwich, Massachusetts, 1981-1982, no. x.171.
[Loan to display with new acquisition by Joshua Johnson], Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1983-1984.
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, traveling exh. by the International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington, 1985-1987, no. 40, color repro., detail p. 24. First venue: Museum of American Folk Art, New York.
Sharing Traditions, Five Black Artists in Nineteenth-Century America, National Museum of American Art, Washington, circulated by SITES, 1985-1988, figs. 1 and 2 (shown only in Washington, 1985).
Joshua Johnson: Freeman and Early American Portrait Painter, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg, 1987-1988, no. 4, color repro. (not shown at two Whitney Museum venues, NY and Stamford, CT).
La Nascita di Una Nazione: Pittori americani dalla National Gallery of Art di Washington 1730-1880, Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande, Bologna; Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna di Ca'Pesaro, Venice, 1988-1989, no. 40, repro.


American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 185, repro.
Rumford, Beatrix T., ed. American Folk Portraits: Paintings and Drawings from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center. Boston, 1981: 132-133.
Harrington, Lynda Roscoe. Sharing Traditions: Five Black Artists in Nineteenth-Century America. Exh. cat. National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC, 1985: 40-41, fig. 1-2, cat. 2, 44, 46, 49, note 6.
Weekley, Carolyn. "Joshua Johnson." Antiques 132 (September): color pl. 1.
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 214, repro.
Chotner, Deborah, with contributions by Julie Aronson, Sarah D. Cash, and Laurie Weitzenkorn. American Naive Paintings. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 230-232, color repro. 231.
Fulco, Daniel. "Joshua Johnson: Pioneer of American Portraiture." Joshua Johnson: Portraitist of Early American Baltimore. Hagerstown, MD, 2021: 22, 98, fig. 21.

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