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Painted for Dr. John Ward (c. 1679-1758), and presumably by inheritance to his cousin,
Mrs Abigail Goodwin (d. 1788), by whom given to her son-in-law,
John Loveday (d. 1789), and by descent to Dr. Thomas Loveday, by 1937.
with Appleby, London, by 1969, and by descent to the present owner.
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
J. Kerslake, National Portrait Gallery: Early Georgian Portraits, London, 1977, I, p. 226, II, fig. 664.
S. Markham, John Loveday, Wilton, 1984, p. 418.
A. Smart, Allan Ramsay: Painter, Essayist and Man of the Enlightenment, New Haven and London, 1992, p. 66.
A. Smart, Allan Ramsay: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings, J. Ingamells, ed., New Haven and London, 1999, pp. 170-71, no. 429a.
Bristol, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, Loan Exhibition of Art Treasures of the West Country, May-June 1937, no. 78 (lent by Dr. Thomas Loveday).
London, Kenwood and Nottingham University, Paintings & Drawings by Allan Ramsay 1713-1784, May-September 1958, no. 1 (lent by Dr. Thomas Loveday).
London, Royal Academy, Paintings & Drawings by Allan Ramsay 1713-1784, 1964, no. 6 (lent by Dr. Thomas Loveday).
Bath, Assembly Rooms, International Art Treasures Exhibition, August-September 1973, no. 4 (lent by Appleby Bros. Ltd., London).