The sitter and
By descent to her grand-daughter-in-law, Jane, 6th Duchess of Marlborough.
Given after her death in 1844 by George 6th Duke of Marlborough to her daughter.
Louisa, The Hon. Mrs. Robert C.H. Spencer, and by descent to Blanche Louisa Spencer, Mrs H.G. Fane and by descent.
Anonymous sale; Bonham's, London, 18 November 1992, lot 50.
with Philip Mould, London.
Please note the additional provenance: With W.M. Brady & Co., New York, from whom acquired by the present owner.
J. Hayes, 'Gainsborough and the Bedfords', The Connoisseur, April 1968, pp. 217 and 222-3, fig. 10.
J. Hayes, The Drawings of Thomas Gainsborough, London, 1970, no. 40, pl. 115.
M. Rosenthal, The Art of Thomas Gainsborough: 'a little business for the eye', New Haven & London, 1999, p. 60, fig. 64.
N. Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, online edition.
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th - Century Europe, 2011, ex-catalogue.