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Provenance

The sitter's son, Alfred Pleasonton, Philadelphia; deposited by him at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Francis S. Pleasonton, brother of the previous owner; his son, Eugene S. Pleasonton [d. 1972], New York and Worton, Maryland, by 1923; gift 1957 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1847
Exhibition of paintings, statues and casts, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1847, no. 67.
1925
Exhibition of Portraits by John Neagle, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1925, no. 121.
1954
Loan for display with permanent collection, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1954-1955.
1954
The Sword in America, 1000-1954, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Detroit Institute of Arts, 1954-1955, no cat. [per donor records; neither museum can confirm the painting was in the exhibition].
1986
Extended loan for use by the White House Preservation Office in the ceremonial office of the Vice President, Old Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C., 1986-1997.
1997
Extended loan for display in the ceremonial office of Vice President Albert Gore, Jr., Old Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C., 1997-2001.
2001
Extended loan for display in the ceremonial office of Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building (formerly Old Executive Office Building), Washington, D.C., 2001-
Bibliography
1925
Fielding, Mantle. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Portraits by John Neagle. Exh. cat. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1925: no. 121, 148.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 84, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 201, repro.
1981
Williams, William James. A Heritage of American Paintings from the National Gallery of Art. New York, 1981: 105, repro. 106.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 240, 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: 30-33, color repro.