According to a label on the reverse 'this portrait of the Right Hon. W E. Gladstone M.P. was taken from life at 16 James St. Burlington Gate. Mr Gladstone placed his autograph on the back of the canvas on Friday the 29th of March 1889.'
Reviewing the artist 1904 exhibition The Studio comented 'Perhaps the best thing in the room is the portrait of Gladstone. It is very small, but the sensitive handling gives it a distinction lacking in some of the larger paintings'.