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Inscription

on central sphere of upper border: AMERICA; on foremost ingot at lower right: L. VAN SCHOOR. IN. & PINX.; in the lower galloon, left of center, the Brussels city mark: B [shield] B; in the lower galloon, right of center: A.AVWERCX.

Provenance

Purchased before 1914 at a private sale in France by James Hazen Hyde [1876-1959], Paris;[1] bequest 1959 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1931
Quatre Siècles de Colonisation Française, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, 1931, no. 419.
1971
Extended loan for use by the Ambassador, U.S. Department of State, Paris, France, 1971-1975.
1975
The European Vision of America, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Cleveland Museum of Art; Grand Palais, Paris, 1976-1977, no. 123, repro. (shown only in Washington).
Bibliography
1924
Hyde, James Hazen. "L'Iconographie des quatre parties du monde dans les tapisseries." Gazette des Beaux-Arts per. 5, vol. 10 (1924): 260.
2013
Arizzoli, Louise. "James Hazen Hyde and the Allegory of the Four Continents: A research collection for an amateur art historian." Journal of the History of Collections 25, no. 2 (2013): 277-286, esp. 277, 284.