John William Godward R.B.A. (1858-1922)
The present subject is based on a painting formerly in the Forbes Collection. See Christie's, London, 5 June 2008, lot 37. Literature on this work by Henry Blackburn states that the canvas, no. 664, was exhibited in the 'place of honour' Gallery VII at the Royal Academy. See his Royal Academy Notes 1897, London, 1897, p. 21.