The artist, Deerfield, Massachusetts; his estate until 1911; his wife, Agnes Gordon Higginson Fuller [1838-1924], Deerfield, Massachusetts; her son, Arthur Negus Fuller [d. 1945], Deerfield, Massachusetts; his sister, Agnes Gordon Fuller Tack [Mrs. Augustus Vincent Tack], Deerfield, Massachusetts; gift 1953 to NGA.
- Possibly shown at Doll and Richards, Boston, 1876.
- Probably Memorial Exhibition of the Works of George Fuller, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1884, no. 128, as Portrait of a Lady.
- Homer, William Innes, and David M. Robb. "Paintings by George Fuller in American Museums and Public Collections." The Art Quarterly 24 (Autumn 1961): 294.
- American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 62, repro.
- American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 165, repro.
- American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 185, repro.
- Kelly, Franklin, with Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Deborah Chotner, and John Davis. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1996: 236-238, repro.
The painting is on a medium-weight, plain-weave fabric support that has been lined. Cusping is present along all four of the cut edges. The red, coarsely textured ground is thick and uneven. Subsequent paint, of a stiff consistency, was applied with a complex layering technique. Underlying colors (particularly in the hair) were exposed by scratching into the still-wet paint with a pointed object - probably the end of a brush handle. The paint layers are wrinkled throughout, and a broad crackle pattern has developed. The unevenly applied varnish has yellowed.