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Inscription

upper left: John S. Sargent; upper right: 1907

Provenance

The sitter's mother, Mrs. Richard H. Townsend [d. 1931, née Mary Scott], Washington, D.C.; by inheritance to the sitter, Mathilde Townsend Gerry Welles [1888-1949], Washington, D.C.; bequest 1949 to NGA, with life interest to her husband, Sumner Welles [1892-1961].

Exhibition History
1908
Second Exhibition, Oil Paintings by Contemporary Artists, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1908-1909, no. 74, as Portrait of Miss Townsend.
1909
104th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1909, no. 417, as Portrait of Miss Townsend.
1967
Extended loan for use by Blair House, Washington, D.C., 1967-1971.
1974
Loan for display with permanent collection, Mobile Art Gallery, Alabama, 1974-1975.
1982
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Jean B. Gerard, Unesco Ambassador's residence, Paris, France, 1982-1985.
1994
The Grand American Avenue: 1850-1920, The Octagon Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Historic New Orleans Collection; The Chicago Architecture Foundation, Harold Washington Library Center, 1994-1995, no cat. entry (NGA painting not shown at fourth venue).
1999
Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 1999, no. 73, repro.
2000
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Philip Lader, U.S. Embassy residence, London, England, 2000-2001.
2005
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Craig R. Stapleton, U.S. Embassy residence, Paris, France, 2005-2009.
Bibliography
1925
Downes, William Howe. John S. Sargent: His Life and Work. Boston, 1925: 229.
1927
Charteris, Evan. John Sargent. New York: Scribner's, 1927, p. 24.
1956
McKibbin, David. Sargent's Boston. Exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1956: 127.
1969
Mount, Charles Merrill. John Singer Sargent: A Biography. Rev. ed. (originally published 1955). New York, 1969: 454.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 96, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 219, repro.
1981
American Portraiture in the Grand Manner: 1720-1920. Exh. cat. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1981: 70, fig. 15.
1981
Williams, William James. A Heritage of American Paintings from the National Gallery of Art. New York, 1981: 146, repro.
1983
Frank, Judy, and Mary Beth Larrabee. The Sulgrave Club's First Fifty Years: An Anniversary Album 1932-1982. Washington, D.C., 1983: 95-97, ill.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 332, repro.
1994
Cigliano, Jan, and Sarah Bradford Landau. The Grand American Avenue 1850-1920. Exh. cat. Octagon Museum, Washington, D.C., 1994.
1998
Ormond, Richard, and Elaine Kilmurray. John Singer Sargent: The Later Portraits. The Complete Paintings, Volume III. New Haven and London, 2003: no. 535, repro.
1998
Torchia, Robert Wilson, with Deborah Chotner and Ellen G. Miles. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part II. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1998: 120-122, color repro.