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Reputedly given by Horace Walpole to the actress Kitty Clive, and hung at Little Strawberry Hill, the cottage put at her disposal by Walpole after her retirement.
with Colnaghi, London, circa 1820, where purchased by
Thomas Walpole the Younger (1755-1840), Stagbury, and by descent.
THE PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN (LOT 53)
P. Toynbee, The letters of Horace Walpole, Fourth Earl of Orford, Oxford, 1903-5, illustrated as frontispiece.
W.S. Lewis (ed.), The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence, Yale, 1937, XVII, p. 77.
C.K. Adams, 'Portrait Problems and Genealogy', The Genealogist's Magazine, XIV/11 (September 1964), pp. 382-8.
C.K. Adams and W.S. Lewis, 'The Portraits of Horace Walpole', The Walpole Society, XLIV (1970), no. C5, pp. 27-8, pl. 28c.
B. Sani, Rosalba Carriera, Turin, 1988, p. 311, under no. 267.
F. Russell, review of B. Sani, Rosalba Carriera, The Burlington Magazine, II, (December 1989), p. 857.
J. Ingamells, A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy 1701-1800, London, 1997, p. 116.
N. Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800, London, 2006, p. 91.
B. Sani, Rosalba Carriera, Turin, 2007, p. 275, no. 303.
London, Guelph Exhibition, 1891, no. 314.
Cambridge, King's College, circa 1923-31.
London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Eighteenth Century Venice, 1951, no. 27.
Eton College, Quincentenary Exhibition, 1956-7, no. 45.
London, Royal Academy, British Portraits, Winter Exhibition, 1956-7, no. 75.
London, Walpole Gallery, Venetian Baroque and Rococo Paintings 1650-1800, 1990, no. 10.
London, Tate Gallery, Grand Tour: The Lure of Italy in the 18th Century, 1996-7, no. 13.