|Description: ||Label on backing verso (Corcoran Gallery of Art; printed & typewritten): "Exhibition: 'Charles Peale Polk: 1767-1822'/Dates: July 18, 1981 - October 15, 1982/Artist: Charels Peale Polk/Title: Edgar Patterson/Catalogue No: 143/Lender: Private Collection"|
Label (CG Sloan & Co; no 1172): July 8, 1984/Purchased at/C.G. Sloan + Co/Auction (Sloan's/Wash D.C./[$12,000] by/Virginia Bowie/McCeney Watson/great-great-great/granddaughter of/Edgar Patterson"
This portrait depicts Mr. Edgar Moses Patterson, a prominent businessman and merchant, as well as an officer, from Georgetown, in the District of Columbia and has descended through the Patterson family until its most recent ownership.
Patterson built a series of mills along the Potomac River, at Little Falls Bridge, just three miles from Washington. During the Revolutionary War, Patterson’s gristmill <span style="Times New Roman" "="">was used in the heroic effort to save the Declaration of Independence and other prominent government documents.
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