This watercolor appears to be the primary version of the subject as it dates from four years earlier than the other two drawings of the Duchess of Devonshire. One of these is dated 1791 and was sold at Sotheby's London in 1990.1 A further version, similarly dated, is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum, New York.2 The arrangement of the money on the table and of the tassels behind the head of the young officer varies in each of the versions.
1. Sale, London, Sotheby's, 15 March 1990, lot 50
2. See J. Hayes, Rowlandson Watercolours and Drawings, London 1972, p.151, no.87
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