By descent to the artist's sons; Robins, London, 20-22 June 1829, lot 86, as 'St. James Park with a view of Westminster Abbey, scene, morning, a highly interesting topographical picture represented with great local fidelity...not quite finished.'
Anonymous sale [Pawsey & Payne]; Christie's, London, 20 January 1928, lot 158, as 'St James's Park, 1815' (260 gns. to F. Howard).
with Leggatt Brothers, London, from whom purchased on 28 July 1948 by Professor Sir Albert Richardson, P.R.A. (1880-1964), and by descent to the present owner.
Property from the Collection of Professor Sir Albert Richardson, P.R.A. (lots 13 & 41)
'A Correct Catalogue of the Works of Mr. West', Public Characters of 1805, London, 1805 (in fact published in 1804), p. 566.
'A Correct List of the Works of Mr. West', Universal Magazine, III, 1805, p. 530.
J. Barlow, Note 45 to The Columbiad. A Poem, Philadelphia, 1807, p. 435.
'A Correct Catalogue of the Works of Benjamin West, Esq.', La Belle Assemblée or Bell's Court and Fashionable Magazine, IV, 1808, Supplement, p. 17.
J. Galt, 'A Catalogue of the Works of Mr. West', in The Life, Studies, and Works of Benjamin West, London, 1820, p. 229.
L. Hunt, The Town: Its Memorable Characters and Events, London, 1848, II, p. 298.
Col. M.H. Grant, A Chronological History of the Old English Landscape Painters, Leigh-in-Sea, 1958, III, p. 222, fig. 214.
J. Dillenberger, 'Published Lists of West's Paintings', in Benjamin West: The Context of His Life's Work, San Antonio, 1977, p. 174 (351).
H. von Erffa and A. Staley, The Paintings of Benjamin West, New Haven and London, 1986, p. 418, no. 448.