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By descent in the family of the sitter, at Slains Castle, Aberdeen.
Viscount Lee of Fareham (1864-1947).
with Duveen Bros., New York, by 1940.
Norton Simon Foundation, by 1965; Sotheby's, London, 23 June 1973, lot 23.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 20 April 1990, lot 29 (sold £150,000).
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
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Nassau, Exhibition of British Portraits, 1938, no. 22.
New York and Toronto, Duveen Galleries, Exhibition in Aid of the Red Cross, 15 November-15 December, 1940, no. 39.
Milwaukee, Art Institute, 1946.
Cleveland, Museum of Art, Style, Truth and the Portrait, 1963, no. 35.
Palm Beach, Society of the Four Arts, Portraits: A Record of Changing Tastes, 1964, no. 8.
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, on loan, 1965-69.
Los Angeles, County Museum of Art, on loan 1969-72.