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Inscription

lower right: 1755; on reverse of the original canvas: Eleanor Foster; / Onely Daughter of William Wyer Esqr. / And Eleanor His Wife Was Born July Ye 14th, 1714.

Provenance

Mrs. David Buffum, Walpole, New Hampshire, by 1873;[1] her son, Dr. Thomas Bellows Buffum, Walpole, New Hampshire, by 1918;[2] Annie Buffum Williams [Mrs. Nathan W. Williams], Northampton, Massachusetts, 1943.[3] Purchased in Boston before 16 May 1949 by Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch;[4] gift 1957 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1957
American Primitive Paintings from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1957, no cat.
1961
101 Masterpieces of American Primitive Painting from the Colleciton of E.W. and B.C. Garbisch, traveling exh. by the Amer. Federation of Arts, New York, 1961-1964, no. 12, color repro. First venue: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.
1967
National Gallery Loan Exhibition, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1967, no. 2.
1975
The World of Franklin and Jefferson, traveling exhibition circulated by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, 6 venues (Paris, Warsaw, London, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles), 1975-1977, not included in cat.
1981
American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, Terra Museum of American Art, Evanston, IL, 1981-1982, no. 17
Bibliography
1873
Perkins, Augustus Thorndike. A Sketch of the Life and a List of some of the Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1873: 125.
1915
Bayley, Frank W. The Life and Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1915: 109.
1918
Park 1918, 14-15.
1938
Parker, Barbara N., and Anne Bolling Wheeler. John Singleton Copley: American Portraits in Oil, Pastel, and Miniature, with Biographical Sketches. Boston, 1938: 253, as by Badger.
1942
Historical Records Survey. "Preliminary Checklist of American Portraits 1620-1869 Found in New Hampshire." Boston, 1942: 9.
1963
Heydenryk, Henry. The Art and History of Frames. New York, 1963: 96, fig. 86; 117.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 12, repro., as Mrs. Isaac Foster.
1972
Nylander, Richard C. "Joseph Badger, American Portrait Painter." Master's thesis, State University of New York at Oneonta, 1972: 54.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 22, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 23, 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: 4-6, color repro. 5.