Acquired directly from the artist by James Englebert Vanner (1831-1906), and by descent to his widow.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 10 June 1970, lot 258, as 'James Smetham, A young lady in exotic costume playing an Oriental lute'.
with J. S. Maas, London, as 'James Smetham and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Lute Player'.
PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION
J. Smetham, Letter to William Davies, 7 December 1865.
S. Smetham, List of Paintings, 1919, as 'Irene' and 'The Mandioline' [sic.].
H. Hutton, Copy of Sarah Smetham's List of Paintings, 1937 as 'Irene (The Mandolin).'
J. Maas, Pre-Raphaelitism exhibition catalogue, November 1970, p. 4, no. 18 as 'James Smetham and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Lute Player'.
M. Bishop & E. Malins, James Smetham and Francis Danby: Two 19th Century Romantic Painters, London, 1974, p. 42, illustrated pl. 21, as 'The Lute Player'.
S.P. Casteras, James Smetham: Artist, Author, Pre-Raphaelite Associate, Aldershot, 1995, pp. 86 & 157.
W.E. Fredeman et al (eds.), The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Cambridge, 2002-10, vol. III (2003), p. 456.
London, J. Maas, Pre-Raphaelitism, November 1970, no. 18, as 'James Smetham and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Lute Player'.