Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.
SUDBURY 1727-1788 LONDON
PORTRAIT OF LADY ALSTON
Henry Farrar, FSA (1798-1866);
His posthumous sale, London, Christie's, 15 June 1866, lot 87 (where bought in);
Her sale, The Priory, Burnham by Phillips, 5 July 1921, lot 274, to T.H. Robinson;
By whom sold to M. Knoedler, London and New York, 7 July 1921;
By whom sold to John Levy Galleries, New York, 1 May 1925;
James V. Watson, Chicago;
His sale, Chicago, Michael Tauber, 22 March 1937, lot 1037, to Loomis;
Mrs. Edwin C. Loomis, Winnetka, Illinois, for $3,600;
With Marie Sterner, New York, 1942;
James Jarrell, Chicago;
His sale, Chicago, Hanzell Galleries, 22 May 1966, lot 99;
There purchased by the family of the present owners.
Montreal and Toronto, M. Knoedler at Jenkins Art Galleries, Exhibition of English and Foreign Masters, December 1924, no. 3.
E.K. Waterhouse, "Preliminary Check List of Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough", in Walpole Society 1948-50, XXXIII, 1953, p. 2, no. 2;
E.K. Waterhouse, Gainsborough, London 1958, p. 51, cat. no. 14.