Mary, Marchioness of Thomond (1751-1820), the artist's niece; her sale, Greenwood, London, 16 April 1796, lot 15, where acquired by the following,
Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds (1755-1799), and by descent through the Dukes of Leeds, Hornby Castle, Yorkshire, to the present owner.
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE (LOTS 43-45)
Catalogue of the paintings & portraits at Hornby Castle, the seat of The Duke of Leeds, 1868, p. 10, in the Second Drawing Room.
E. Hamilton, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Engraved works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, PRA from 1755 to 1822, London, 1884, p. 111.
Hornby Castle, Catalogue of Pictures, London, 1898, p. 18, no. 202, in the First Drawing Room, as 'Edwin. Taken from the poem Edwin and Emma'.
A. Graves & W.V. Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, London, 1899-1901, III, pp. 1150-1.
Historical and descriptive catalogue of pictures belonging to His Grace The Duke of Leeds, London, 1902, p. 70, no. 202.
D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, A complete catalogue of his paintings, New Haven and London, 2000, I, p. 528, no. 2067; II, p. 591, pl. 1608.
London, Grosvenor Gallery, Exhibition of the works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A., 1884, no. 94.
London, Grafton Gallery, Fair Children, 1895, no. 133.