|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 was used in the heroic effort to save the Declaration of Independence and other prominent government documents.
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