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By descent to the sitter's nephew John Cotes (1750-1821), through to his son,
John, who married Lousia, daughter of Sir Charles Jenkinson Bt. and then by descent at Pitchford hall, Cheshire; Christie's, Pitchford Hall sale, 28-29 September 1992, lot 582, when acquired by the present owner.
A. Graves and W.V. Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, London, 1899, I, p.118.
D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, London and New Haven, 2000, I, pp. 147-8, no. 425, II, fig. 615.