10 June 2003
Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (1723-1792)
Portrait of a lady, bust-length, in a blue dress, leaning on a ledge
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)
Bought by Barney Smith (b. 1763), and by descent to the present vendor.
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D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds, A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, New Haven and London, 2000, p. 497, no. 1991, col. pl. 40, fig. 516.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, on loan 1919-1931.
The present picture was taken to the United States by Barney Smith in the early 19th Century and has remained there, and with Smith's descendants, ever since.
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