Acquired by the Louvre with an hypothetical attribution to Henry Cheere.
Attributed in 1992 by Malcom Baker to John Van Nost III and dated circa 1750.
Collection F. Leverton Harris; sale, London, Christie's, Manson and Woods, 7th June 1928, n°42
Acquired by Stettmer
Collection the dealer Camoin, Paris,
Acquired by the Louvre 1989.
"Historical significance: This is among the earliest of English Rococo busts, the decorative effect of the shirt front and the fluttering tie are particularly notable. A similar drapery style may be seen in Cheere's figure of Sir Thomas Hardy at Westminster Abbey (ca. 1740) and the bust of Sir Orlando Humphreys (died 1736) at Barking"