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Provenance

The artist's descendants to his granddaughter, Maria Fennell [d. 1880], Philadelphia;[1] bequeathed to her niece, Rosalie Vallance Tiers Jackson [Mrs. Charles P. Jackson, 1852-1944];[2] by gift 1915 to her nephew, Clarence Van Dyke Tiers [1869-1959], Oakmont, Pennsylvania and Daytona Beach, Florida; gift 1944 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1773
The King's Arms Tavern ("Mrs. Vobe's,"), Williamsburg, Va., 1773.
1811
First Annual Exhibition of the Society of Artists of the United States, Philadelphia, 1811, no. 323, as Holy Family [Possibly]
1828
Seventeenth Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1828, no. 316, as Holy Family after Corregio [Possibly]
1969
Ninth Annual Madonna Festival, Immaculate Heart Retreat House, Spokane, May 1969.
1976
The Eye of Thomas Jefferson, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1976, no. 17.
1980
Benjamin West and His American Students, National Portrait Gallery, Washington; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1980-1981, unnumbered.
1986
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Otto J. Reich, U.S. Embassy residence, Caracas, Venezuela, 1986-1989.
Bibliography
1811
Perhaps the First Annual Exhibition of the Society of Artists of the United States, Exh. cat. Philadelphia, 1811: no. 323, possibly as the "Holy Family".
1828
Perhaps the Seventeenth Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Exh. cat. Philadelphia, 1828: no. 316, possibly as "Holy Family after Corregio".
1834
Dunlap, William. A History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States. 2 vols. Reprint 2 vols. in 3. New York, 1969: 1:101.
1942
Sawitzky, William. Matthew Pratt, 1734-1805. New York, 1942: 9, 29-30, 57-58, pl. 3.
1955
Rutledge, Anna Wells. Cumulative Record of Exhibition Catalogues: the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1807-1870; the Society of Artists, 1800-1814; the Artists' Fund Society, 1835-1845. Philadelphia, 1955: 175.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 92, repro.
1976
The Eye of Thomas Jefferson. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1976: no. 17.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 212, repro.
1980
Benjamin West and His American Students, Exh. cat. National Portrait Gallery, Washington; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1980-1981: unnumbered.
1981
Williams, William James. A Heritage of American Paintings from the National Gallery of Art. New York, 1981: 48, repro. 60.
1983
Razzetti, F. "Il 'Raffaello d'America' a Parma per il Correggio." Gazzetta di Parma (4 July 1983): 3, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 265, repro.
1995
Miles, Ellen G. American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 139-142, color repro. 141.