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Presumably commissioned by the sitter's father Charles, 2nd Earl of Portmore (d. 1785), and by descent to the sitter's son Thomas-Charles, 4th Earl of Portmore (d.1835) and then by inheritance to his widow Frances (d.1845) and subsequently by descent through the descendants of Juliana Colyear (1735-1821), wife of Henry Dawkins of Over Norton, Oxon, and Standlynch Park, Wiltshire, to her grandson
Rev. Edward Henry Dawkins (1794-1859), of Moggerhanger House, Bedfordshire; Christie's, 28 February 1913, lot 42 (2,000 gns. to Asher Wertheimer).
Asher Wertheimer, New Bond Street, London; Christie's, London, 18 June 1920, lot 49 (unsold).
By inheritance to Asher Wertheimer's son, Conway Joseph Conway and by inheritance to his widow Mrs. Conway Joseph Conway, Turville Court.
Anonymous Sale; Sotheby's London, 19 November 1986, lot 53.
Acquired from Leger Galleries, December 1986.
A. Graves & W.G. Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A., London, 1899, II, pp. 648-9.
E.K. Waterhouse, Reynolds, London, 1941, p. 69.
E.K. Waterhouse, Reynolds, London, 1973, illustrated, pl. 19.
D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, New Haven and London, 2000, I, no. 398. II, fig. 415.
Birmingham, City of Birmingham Museum of Art, Exhibition of Works by Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A., 1961, no. 29.
London, Royal Academy, Bicentenary Exhibition 1768-1968, 1968-69, no. 116.
London, Royal Academy, Reynolds, 1986, no. 35.