Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.
PLYMPTON, DEVON 1723 - 1792 LONDON
PORTRAIT OF SOPHIA, MRS EDWARD SOUTHWELL, LATER LADY DE CLIFFORD (1743-1828)
By descent from the sitter to her son, Edward Southwell, Lord de Clifford (1767-1832);
Sold by the trustees of his deceased estate, London, Christie's, 20 April 1833, lot 56 (as 'The Dowager Lady Clifford, in an oval, very spirited'), where bought, according to Graves and Cronin (see literature), for the family, but afterwards sold to Wertheimer, London;
With Charles Wertheimer, London, by whom sold, on 23 March 1888, to Thomas Agnew & Son;
With Agnew's, London, sold, on 30 April 1888, to James Price;
By whom sold back to Agnew's, 21 June 1893;
With Agnew's, London, sold, 2 June 1894, to Abel Buckley;
Sold by his executors back to Agnew's again, 17 February 1910;
With Agnew's, London, sold ,12 July 1910, to G. L. Bevan;
By whom sold again to Agnew's,18 July 1910;
With Agnew's, London, sold, on 11 April 1911 to Joseph Bruce Ismay (1862-1937);
Thence by descent to the present owner.
London, Royal Academy, 1875, no. 61.
Agnew's Picture Stockbook, no. 4;
A. Graves & W. V. Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, 4 vols., London 1899-1901, vol. III, p. 915, reproduced vol. II, opposite p. 544 (before it was over painted);
E. K. Waterhouse, Reynolds, London 1941, p. 58 (as Mrs. Edward Southwell);
D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds; A complete catalogue of his paintings, 2 vols., London and New Haven 2000, text vol., no. 1654, p. 421, plates vol., fig. 882, p. 378 (reproduced with over paint).