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Provenance

E. Ledger; (Arthur Tooth & Sons), London, 1923; who sold it 1924 to (Thos. Agnew & Sons), London, as by Sir Martin Archer Shee; purchased from Agnew's by Howard Sturges [d. 1955], Providence, Rhode Island; by bequest to NGA, 1956.

Bibliography
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 20, as British School, The Earl of Beverly.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 13, repro., as British School, The Earl of Beverly.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 46, repro., as British School, The Earl of Beverly.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 21, repro.
1992
Hayes, John. British Paintings of the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 171-174, repro. 173.
Technical Summary

The somewhat coarse canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The ground appears to be white, with a pinkish-brown imprimatura. The painting is executed very fluidly in opaque layers; the foliage and background are freely worked, the foliage on the right in dragged paint; wet into wet blending is used in these areas and in the face and legs of the sitter; the rest of the figure is more tightly painted, with very slight impasto in the highlights. The darks are solvent abraded, and the weave of the canvas has been badly impressed into the paint surface; there is major retouching in the breeches and to the right of the coat. The synthetic varnish applied in 1956 has not discolored.