E. Ledger; (Arthur Tooth & Sons), London, 1923; who sold it 10 April 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.
The medium-fine canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The ground is light gray, smoothly applied and of moderate thickness. The painting is executed thinly and very fluidly, blended wet into wet in the lower layers, with highlights and definition supplied by linear, translucent accents. The weave of the canvas has been impressed into the paint surface. Paint loss is slight, and retouching is largely confined to the face and chest of the sitter and to the edges of the picture. The moderately thick and evenly applied synthetic varnish, dating from 1956, has not discolored.
- Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 20, as British School, The Countess of Beverly.
- European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 13, repro., as British School, The Countess of Beverly.
- European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 48, repro., as British School, The Countess of Beverly
- European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 21, repro.
- Hayes, John. British Paintings of the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 174-175, repro. 175.