lower left: Robert Henri; across top reverse: Portrait of / Mr. George Cotton Smith / by Robert Henri / at Wilkes Barre. Pa. / Jan 1908 / E 171
Commissioned by the sitter, George Cotton Smith [1828-1915], Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; by inheritance to his daughter, Amanda Mary Smith Adams [1877-1952], Wilkes-Barre; by inheritance to her son, Dr. George C.S. Adams [1911-1981], Spartanburg, South Carolina; by inheritance to his widow, Adaline Holaday Adams [d. 2003]; gift 1986 to NGA.
- American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 200, repro.