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Provenance

The artist's widow, Jane Mortimer, London; (her sale, Christie's, London, 25 March 1808, no. 22); bought by Lambert. (Sale, Hodgson & Co., London, 21 October 1960, part of lot 561); (bought by Colnaghi's, London); (Yvonne Ffrench, London, 1960); Frederick J. Cummings [1933-1990], Detroit, MI, then New York City, acquired 1961; (W. M. Brady & Co., Inc., New York); Donald Vogler, Portland, OR; gift to NGA, 2017.

Exhibition History
1775
Society of Artists, London, 1775, no. 179.
1965
William Blake and His Circle. Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, CA, no. 44 (Robert Wark).
1968
John Hamilton Mortimer, A.R.A., 1740-1799. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, and Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood, 1968, no. 79v (Benedict Nicolson).
1968
Romantic Art in Britain, Drawings and Paintings, 1760-1860. Detroit Institute of Arts and Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1968, no. 56 (Frederick Cummings and Allen Staley).
1986
French and English Drawings, 1700-1875. Zangrilli, Brady & Co., LTd., New York, 1986, no. 12.
Bibliography
1812
Palser, Thomas. A Series of Heads Illustrative of the Characters in Shakespeare's Plays, Designed and Etched by John Hamilton Mortimer. London, 1812: no. 2.
1816
Palser, Thomas. Mortimer's Works, A Collection of FIfty Historical Designs. London, 1816, n.p.
1959
Benthall, Gilbert. "A Selection from the Catalogue of Pictures, Drawings, and Etchings by John Hamilton Mortimer, ARA." Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 132, no. 1a (typed manuscript).
1974
Sunderland, John. "Mortimer Drawings," The Burlington Magazine 116, no. 851 (February 1974): 108.
1988
Sunderland, John. "John Hamilton Mortimer: His Life and Works," Walpole Society 52 (1986, published 1988): no. 96.7a, fig. 166.