Richardson Stuart

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Sarah Glen Douglas Stuart [Mrs. Richardson Stuart], Baltimore;[1] her brother, Jacob Douglas [1788-1873], Alexandria, Virginia; his daughter, Rebecca Douglas Hazlett; her son, Douglas Hazlett;[2] (sale, Stan. V. Henkels, Philadelphia, 5 February 1920, no. 25);[3] Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York, N.Y;[4] his estate; sold as part of the Clarke collection 29 January 1936, through (M. Knoedler & Co., New York), to The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1947 to NGA.

[1] Richardson Stuart's will, dated 18 October 1821, leaves to Sarah Glen, his second wife, his house in Baltimore "with the furniture Pictures and Plate" (Register of Wills, Baltimore, Maryland). Mrs. Stuart lent the portrait to the Peale Museum in 1823; see Catalogue of the Second Annual Exhibition in Peale's Baltimore Museum, of the Works of American Artists, including Sculpture, Painting, Architecture, Drawing, Engraving, etc. Likewise, a Selection from the Various Cabinets of Old Masters, in this City and its Vicinity, Baltimore, 1823: 6, no. 127.

[2] The provenance from Mrs. Stuart to Douglas Hazlett was provided by Hazlett to the Ehrich Galleries, New York, in a now unlocated letter whose content was recorded by the Frick Art Reference Library, New York. Ehrich Galleries' role, if any, in the sale by Hazlett is unknown. For Jacob Douglas' birth and death see Nancy Chappelear Baird, Fauquier County, Virginia, Tombstone Inscriptions, 1970, 202 (information courtesy of Lloyd House, Alexandria, librarian Sandra S. O'Keefe, 1991).

[3] Stanislaus V. Henkels, Oil Portraits of American Notables By Early American Artists, catalogue of auction on 5 February 1920: 7, illus. opp. 8. The catalogue stated that the portrait "has been in the family" since it was painted and "comes direct from the descendants".

[4] Clarke's purchase is recorded in an annotated copy of Portraits by Early American Artists of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries Collected by Thomas B. Clarke, Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1928 (NGA library).

overall: 52.4 x 37.2 cm (20 5/8 x 14 5/8 in.)
framed: 68.9 x 54 x 6.4 cm (27 1/8 x 21 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.)


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