Provenance: Exhibited in Reflection of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil and Arthur Kern, Museum of our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979 to June 15, 1980.
Note: On the back of the canvas, prior to relining, was the painted inscription "Painted by Mrs. Shute, 1835." A very similar portrait of a woman wearing a lace bonnet and holding a book with an attached label inscribed "Painted By Mrs. R.W. Shute St. Albans Feb 15 1835." was sold at Skinner Americana auction 1609 October 30, 1994.
The subject portrayed here is believed to be Mrs. David Stevens of St. Albans, Vermont, based on the listing in the WPA Vermont Inventory of American paintings.