The artist entered this piece in his record book for 1838: "July 31 Mr. A. L. Clements / oval from Texas American Hotel 60.00." In October of that year, Dodge would paint a miniature of Mrs. A. L. Clements.
Inscription: Inscribed on backing card: Painted by / John W. Dodge / Miniature Painter / 52 White St. / New York / July 31st 1838 / Likeness of Mr A. L. Clements Engraved in medallion on verso: A.L.C. to M.L.W. August 1st. 1838
Anne Orr, Nashville, to 1944; sale, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 17 Jul. 1984, lot 65/2.