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(possibly) Van Huls; sale, London, 1722, lot 198.
Sir Joshua Reynolds; Christie's, London, 11-14 March 1795, lot 51 [=4th day of sale], as Rubens (175 gns. to Adey).
John Willet Willet; sale, Peter Coxe, London, 15 May, 1813, lot 116, as Rubens (136 gns.).
Sir Mark Mastermans Sykes; Christie's, London, 22 May 1824, lot 68, as Rubens, where purchased by Seguier for the
Earl of Darnley, Cobham Hall (when recorded by Waagen).
W. von Schwabach, Berlin.
Central Picture Gallery, New York; Sotheby's, New York, 17 January 1985, lot 153, as Van Dyck.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 30 January 1997, lot 227, as Sir Anthony van Dyck.
J. Smith, Catalogue Raisonné., etc., II, 1830, p. 198, no. 715, as Rubens, 'A finished study, painted with a rich impasto of colour'.
G. Waagen, Treasures of Art in Great Britain, 1854, III, p. 23, as Rubens, 'Of wonderful charm of nature; painted with an admirable body in a delicate transparent golden tone'.
F.G. Stevens, On the Pictures at Cobham Hall: An Address Delivered in the Picture Gallery, 27 July, 1877, p. 6, as Rubens.
M. Rooses, L'Oeuvre de Rubens, 1890, IV, p. 99, as 'Deux enfants font des boulles de savon...Equisse d'une authenticité fort douteuse'.
M. Jaffé, 'A Vanitas by Van Dyck', Apollo, January 1979, pp. 38-41, pl. 1, as Van Dyck around 1617.
E. Larsen, The Paintings of Anthony van Dyck, 1988, II, pp. 425-6, no. A44, illustrated, as a studio replica.
London, British Institution, 1828, no. 115 (when lent by the Earl of Darnley).
Manchester, Catalogue of the Art Treasures of the United Kingdom, 1857, no. 540, as by Rubens (catalogued by George Scharf).