The history of this picture, as received by the late owner, is that it was painted by Reynolds for Mr. Butler, of South Carolina, for presentation to the Masonic Lodge of that State, and brought to Philadelphia at the breaking out of the Revolutionary War--in consequence of which it there remained, and was for many years after supposed to be lost. It was, ultimately, accidentally discovered, rolled up, and came into the possession of the late owner. Although its authenticity can not be proved, the character and style of the painting goes far toward establishing its identity. [P. 405; exhibited under heading: "Paintings."]
History of the Great Western Sanitary Fair. C.F. Vent & Co., Publishers, No. 38 West-Fourth Street. Grafton fecit. Lith. of Major & Knapp, 449 Broadway, N.Y. N.Y.