Signed and dated, lower right: T Birch / 1827; inscribed (probably by John Neagle), on mount, bottom center: Sketch by Thomas Birch 1827. / A composition-
Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 29-May 29, 2005; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 24-September 11, 2005; National Academy Museum, New York City, New York, October 20-December 31, 2005.
Barbara J. MacAdam, Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Manchester, Vermont: Hudson Hills Press, 2005, pp. 20, 41, 64, 251, ill. p. 65, no. 6.
The artist; to John Neagle (1796-1865), Philadelphia, 1827; by descent to Neagle's great-granddaughter, Mrs. E. H. Broadhead Jr.; Sotheby's Arcade Auction, New York, New York, "American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture," March 25, 1997, lot 108A; to Spanierman Gallery, LLC, New York, New York, 1997; sold to present collection, 1999.
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