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Inscription

upper left: Susanna Truax / Gebooren den 8 [--]: 1726, / Geschilderd, Maart, 1730 [translated as: "Susanna Truax / born 8 November: 1726, / Painted, March 1730"]

Provenance

Descended in the family of Andries Truax, [the sitter] Susanna Truax's brother, to Katherine Landon Fuguet until 1946.[1] John P. Kinsey, by whom sold in 1949 (Charles F. Montgomery as agent) to Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; by bequest to NGA, 1980.

Exhibition History
1954
American Primitive Paintings from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Part I, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1954, no. 15.
1955
American Primitive Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1955 (replaced another painting and shown about one week).
1958
American Folk Art. Part of American Art. Four Exhibitions, Brussels Universal and International Exhibition, Belgium, 1958, no. 47, 35, as by Unknown.
1961
101 Masterpieces of American Primitive Painting from the Collection of E.W. and B.C. Garbisch, traveling exh. by the Amer. Federation of Arts, New York, 1961-1964, no. 7, color repro., as by Unknown. First venue: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.
1967
Merchants and Planters of the Upper Hudson Valley 1700-1750, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg; Albany Institute of History and Art; Museum of American Folk Art and New-York Historical Soc., New York, 1967, unnumbered brochure.
1968
American Naive Painting of the 18th and 19th Centuries: 111 Masterpieces from the Collection of E.W. and B.C. Garbisch, traveling exh. by American Federation of Arts, NY, 1968-1970, no. 8, repro. First venue: Grand Palais, Paris.
1970
American Naive Painting of the 18th and 19th Centuries: Masterpieces from the Collection of E.W. and B.C. Garbisch, organzied by the American Federation of Arts, NY, and Mainichi News., Nihobashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, 1970, no cat.
1985
American Naive Painting from the National Gallery of Art, Exh. cat. Traveling exh. by the International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington, 1985-1987, no. 30, color frontispiece. First venue: Museum of American Folk Art, New York.
1988
La Nascita di Una Nazione: Pittori americani dalla National Gallery of Art di Washington 1730-1880, Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande, Bologna; Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna di Ca'Pesaro, Venice, 1988-1989, no. 30, repro.
2000
"A fresh and large assortment": American Silver from a Private Collection, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, 2000, no cat.
2009
Steeped in History: The Art of Tea, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, 2009, no. 6.1, repro.
Bibliography
1959
Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. American Colonial Painting: Materials for a History. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1959: pl. 71, no. 4.
1963
Heydenryk, Henry. The Art and History of Frames. New York, 1963: 98, fig. 88.
1966
Curran, Ona. "A Study of Portraits of Schenectady Residents, 1715-1750." M.A. thesis, State University of New York College at Oneonta, Cooperstown Graduate Program, 1966: 25, 29, 86-88, 114, 136-137.
1969
Black, Mary C. "The Gansevoort Limner." Antiques 96 (November 1969): 738, 741-742.
1971
Black, Mary C. "Pieter Vanderlyn and Other Limners of the Upper Hudson." In American Painting to 1776: A Reappraisal. Edited by Ian M. G. Quimby. Charlottesville, Va., 1971: 239.
1980
Brant, Sandra, and Elissa Cullman. Small Folk: A Celebration of Childhood in America. New York, 1980: 69, color pl. 108.
1988
Blackburn, Roderic H., and Ruth Piwonka. Rememberance of Patria: Dutch Arts and Culture in Colonial America 1609-1776. Exh. cat. Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, 1988: no. 237, color repro. 225.
1988
Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. Rev. ed. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1988: 86, repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 186, repro.
1992
Chotner, Deborah, with contributions by Julie Aronson, Sarah D. Cash, and Laurie Weitzenkorn. American Naive Paintings. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 143-145, color repro. 144.
1993
Miles, Ellen G., ed. The Portrait in Eighteenth-Century America. Newark, 1993, fig. 16.