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Descended in the family of the sitter to a Mrs. Baylor of Hagerstown, Maryland. (Norman Asner, Baltimore), by whom sold in 1956 to Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; gift to NGA, 1978.

Exhibition History
American Primitive Painting, traveling exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Inst. for the U.S. Information Service, Washington, 1954-1955, (not included in cat.). First venue: Kunstmuseum, Lucerne, Switzerland.
Black Artists/South, Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama, 1979, no. 95. (cat. by Ralph M. Hudson).
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, Exh. cat. Traveling exh. by the International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington, 1985-1987, no. 39, color repro. First venue: Museum of American Folk Art, New York.
Joshua Johnson: Freeman and Early American Portrait Painter, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg, 1987-1988, no. 73, 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. 39, repro.
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 184, repro.
Perry, Mary Lynn. "Joshua Johnson: His Historical Context and His Art." M.A. thesis. George Washington University, Washington, 1983: iii, 128, 130, 135, 192, 193.
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: 228-230, repro. 229.
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