The son of Edward and Mary Belcher Stow of Boston, Edward Stow was born in New York City around 1768. Edward worked as a merchant in Boston, where in 1793 he married Nancy Brewer Peck, sister of John Peck. John Peck is also the subject of a portrait, by John Johnston, now in NGA (1947.17.65). Edward and Nancy Stow had three daughters, Louisa Matilda, Caroline Adalaide [later Mrs. George Hyatt, 1807-1893], and Ann Maria [later Mrs. George Phillips]. From 1798-1803 the Stow family lived in Philadelphia, where Edward worked as a clerk and served as agent for the artist Gilbert Stuart, who had left for Washington in 1803. The Stows were back in Boston by 1806. From 1813 until shortly before his death, Edward Stow was an officer of the New England Mississippi Land Company.
Phillips, Albert M. Phillips Genealogies. Auburn, MA, 1885: 184
Park 1926, 714-715, no. 793, repro.
Holbrook Research Institute. Massachusettes Vital Records. Oxford, MA, 1982-1991: fiche 147 "Boston Marriages 1761-1807" and fiche 350 "Deaths Index 1801-1845."
Miles, Ellen G. American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 227-228