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William Clinton Baker (1865-1935), Bayfordsbury, Hertfordshire, by 1925, in the Breakfast Room; Sotheby's, London, 18 July 1928, lot 80 (£3,500 to Agnew's).
with Agnew's, London, by whom sold in March 1929 for £5,000, to
Sir Harold Wernher, 3rd Bt,, G.C.V.O. (1893-1973), Luton Hoo, in the Dutch Room; his sale, Sotheby's, London, 24-25 March 1995, lot 67, as 'Follower of Frans Hals', where purchased by the present owner.
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
H. Avray Tipping, 'Bayfordsbury-II. Hertfordshire. The Seat of Mr H. Clinton Baker', in Country Life, 24 January 1925, p. 129, fig. 13 (shown in situ), and p. 132.
E.I. Musgrave, Luton Hoo - An illustrated survey of the histoic Bedfordshire home of the Wernher family and the Wernher collection of works of art, Derby, 1958, pls. 13 and 14 (shown in situ), 'A very sensitive and vigorous portrait of a boy by Frans Hals is said to have been painted on the bottom of a barrel and only discovered in his favourite tavern many years after his death'.
London, Wildenstein, Loan Exhibition of the Collection of Sir Harold Wernher, G.C.V.O., 1946, no. 23.
Luton Hoo Museum, May-October 1950.
London, Guildhall, The Wernher Collection, 1953, no. 28.
Brighton, Hove Art Museum, Paintings from the Wernher Collection, 1953-54, no. 28.