Signed lower left. Titled and dated lower left twice
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut. Gift of the Estate of George Deem. Accession Number 2013.54.54
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Note: one-inch tear in lower right and water mark across the bottom.
Vermeer, The Music Lesson, c. 1662-64. The Royal Collection, London. Gilbert Stuart, George Washington, The Atheanaeum Portrait, 1796.
George Deem lived in Cortona from 1970 to 1977, renting a house on the grounds of Il Palazzone, the estate of Count Lorenzo and Lyndall Passerini. In the Spring of 1973 the house he rented was severely damaged in a fire. While the damage was being repaired George Deem went to stay for a few weeks in a house owned by Lyndall Passerini on the island of Elba. It was on Elba that he saw houses with the blue window frames and blue borders that he used in this 1974 study for his painting George Washington Vermeer. (Ronald Vance 5/2/2012).