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W. H. Clabburn, and by descent to his daughter Louisa (one of the sitters) and her husband Edmund Meredith Crosse; by descent to their son, E. Mitchell Crosse.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 27 November 1984, lot 28, when acquired by the present owner. .
E. Wood, A Consideration of the Art of Frederick Sandys, Special Winter exhibition of The Artist, 1896, pp. 47-48.
B. Elzea, Frederick Sandys, 1829-1904, A Catalogue Raisonné, 2001, no. 2.A.40, p. 167.
London, Grafton Galleries, Fair Children, 1895, no. 273.
London, National Gallery of British Art, Millbank, Paintings and Drawings of the 1860 Period, 1923, no. 8.
Victorian Childhood, 1986, cat. pl. 8.