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Sir Ellis Kirkham Waterhouse (1905-1985), former director of the National Galleries of Scotland, argued that only the head of the sitter could be attributable to Reynolds. The rest of the composition was probably done by his studio, Waterhouse said.1 He also suspected that since the ambassador returned from Spain in 1769, and the sitter books Reynolds had of 1769 make no reference to him, the portrait must have been done posthumously. Meanwhile, professor Jason M. Kelly found that the evidence to determine when the painting was made is insufficient, since the artist's sitter books between 1774-1775 are missing, and the portrait could have possibly been done then.2
1. Sir E.K. Waterhouse, "Pompeo Batoni's 'Portrait of John Woodyeare," in The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bulletin, vol. LXIV, 1978-1980, p. 58.
2. J.M. Kelly, "The Portraits of Sir James Gray (c1708-73)," in The British Art Journal, vol. VIII, Summer 2007, p. 18.
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