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Bought from the artist by George Price Boyce for his sister Joanna Wells, 23 February 1858 (60 gns).
By descent to Mrs Arthur Street, who still had it in 1923.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 14 June 2000, lot 11.
M. H. Spielmann, Millais and his Works, Edinburgh and London, 1898, p. 169, no. 50.
J. G. Millais, The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais, London, 1899, vol. 2, p. 469.
M. Bennett, 'A Check List of Pre-Raphaelite Pictures exhibited at Liverpool 1846-67, and some of their Northern Collectors', Burlington Magazine, vol. cv, no. 728, November 1963, p. 492.
Millais, exh. Tate Britain, London, 2007-8, cat. p. 134, under no. 83.
Possibly Liverpool, Liverpool Academy, 1858, no. 600, as 'Portrait of a Young Lady'.
London, Royal Academy, Works by the late Sir John Everett Millais, Bart, Winter 1898, no. 31, as 'Head of a Girl', lent by H.T. Wells, widower of Joanna Boyce.
London, South London Art Gallery, 1898, no. 63.
Whitechapel, Whitechapel City Art Gallery, British Art of Fifty Years Ago, 1905, no. 408.
Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery, Works of Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelites, 1911, no. 238.
London, Tate Gallery, Paintings and Drawings of the 1860 Period, 1923, no. 88, lent by Mrs Street.