by artist, upper right in black chalk: FB; by artist, across bottom in graphite: to do one thing [and] to do it / well. for my part i have / done many things [and] done / them ill. [?] / FB at 45; by later hand on mount, along bottom in graphite: From Sir Frank Brangwyn RA to [Mr?] F. Lewis (publisher) / From F. Lewis [to?] Kerrison Preston 1950 / [Not deciphered].
Acquired from the artist by F. Lewis (according to note on mount); given by Lewis to Kerrison Preston, 1950 (his sale, Sotheby & Co., London, 1 May 1974, lot 62); (Brian Sewell, London); Joseph F. McCrindle [1923-2008], New York; Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, 2008; gift to NGA, 2009.
- Works by Sir Frank Brangwyn RA, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1952, no. 315.
- "Portrait of the Artist No. 98: Sir Frank Brangwyn." Art News and Review. London, 1952: 1, repro.
- Grasselli, Margaret M., and Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., eds. The McCrindle Gift: A Distinguished Collection of Drawings and Watercolors. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art. Washington, 2012: 167 (color).