According to the note on the reverse, purchased by Arthur Jaffe from Mrs Busteed, a great-granddaughter of the artist, in 1941.
PROPERTY OF THE LATE ARTHUR JAFFE (1880-1954)
The following eleven drawings by John Smart were formerly in the collection of the late Arthur Jaffe, who spent many years researching the miniaturist John Smart and had intended to write a catalogue raisonné of the artist’s works. He died before he was able to complete this task but his extensive research notes formed the basis of Daphne Foskett’s book, John Smart. The Man and his Miniatures, published in 1964. The drawings had previously belonged to the great-grandchildren of John Smart. It is believed that Smart duplicated, on paper, the portrait miniatures he produced in case a sitter ever asked for further versions. These duplicate portraits were retained by the artist and later inherited by members of his family. Many were sold at Christie’s in the 1930s.
D. Foskett, John Smart. The Man and his Miniatures, London, 1964, p. 74, as ‘Mrs Richard Sullivan, c. 1778’.