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Inscription

lower right in graphite: (not deciphered) Siege of Gibaltrar/3 6 0 12; along the upper edge in graphite: 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2; along the right sheet edge in graphite: 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1; along the lower edge in graphite: 6 5 3 2 1; verso lower right corner in graphite: Siege of Gibraltar

Provenance

the artist, London; Lord Lyndhurst (John Singelton Copley, Jr.), London, 1815; (Lyndhurst Library Sale, Christie's, London, 1864); Edward Basil Jupp, London; Amory Family, Boston, MA; (Harry Shaw Newman Gallery, New York); Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1948; acquired 2014 by the National Gallery of Art

Bibliography
1966
Prown, Jules David. John Singleton Copley. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1966, vol. 2: p. 449, fig. 513 (as "Three Figures Pulling on Spanish Colors").
1983
Simmons, Linda Crocker and with the assistance of Adrianne J. Humphrey, et al. American Drawings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Collages in the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1983: p. 1, no. 2.