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James, 4th Duke of Hamilton, styled Earl of Arran until 1698, and by descent to William, 12th Duke of Hamilton; Christie's, London, 17 June 1882, lot 39, as 'Van Dyck', 28 x 25 in. (190 gns. to J. Hollender).
Acquired in the early 20th Century, and by descent to the present owner.
THE PROPERTY OF A DECEASED'S ESTATE
A note of the pictures of the Earle of Arans [sic.], unpublished manuscript in the collection of the Duke of Hamilton, 27 August 1696, no. 3, as 'A head of King Charles the first by Dobson'.
London, National Portrait Gallery, William Dobson 1611-46, 21 October 1983-8 January 1983, no. 28, as William Dobson.