The present work is likely to date to the 1770s, and is a fine example of Dance's portraits of this period, in which the carefully detailed features of the sitter are in contrast to the broader handling of the landscape.
It is possible that the sitter is Rachael Vere, née Campart (c.1742-1807). She was the daughter of Peter Campart of Church Street, Spitalfields, and the grand-daughter of Peter Campart, an Officer in the Duke of Schomberg's Regiment at the Battle of the Boyne. She married James Vere (1738-1822) on 1 November 1762 at St. Botolph's Church, Bishopsgate. Born in 1738 at Weston, Warwick, James Vere was nominated Sheriff for London in 1784, and was Vice President of the London Dispensary and Fellow of the Linnean Society.
George Amin Goyder was Managing Director then Chairman and Chief Executive of the leading newsprint company in the United Kingdom, British International Paper. He formed a fine collection of paintings and watercolours, many of which were purchased from Agnew's, where Goyder was an enthusiastic and regular visitor.