Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, 1899, no. 13;
Exposition Universelle, British Pavillion, no. 52.
The sitter, born in 1745, was the only daughter of Chichester Fortescue, granddaughter of 1st Lord Mornington. In 1815, she married William John, Earl of Ancrum, afterwards 5th Marquess of Lothian. She died 30 September 1780.
Mannings records the present canvas as an autograph work by Reynolds, possibly the second version of this composition. The recorded prime version, which Reynolds executed in 1769, is now in a private collection.1
Based on photographs, David Mannings maintains his published opinion that the present work is a second version by Reynolds himself, or at least produced in Reynolds' studio under his supervision.2
1. See Literature, Mannings 2000, cat. no. 1062.
2. Written communication, 10 May 2011.
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