1778 - 1803
James Christie I, 1730 - 1803 (London, England), commissioned from the artist, 1778; by inheritance to his son, James Christie II, 1803.
1803 - 1831
James Christie II, 1773 - 1831 (London, England), by inheritance to his son, George Henry Christie, 1831.
1831 - 1887
George Henry Christie, died 1887 (London, England), by inheritance within the Christie family.
Christie Family (London, England), by inheritance to James Archibald Christie.
James Archibald Christie (London, England) [sold, Christie sale, Christie's, London, May 20, 1927, lot 29, to Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd.; M. Knoedler & Co., Ltd.; and Colnaghi.]
Source: GRI, M. Knoedler & Co. records, stock book 7, p. 143, no. 16855.
1927 - 1938
Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England; New York, New York) and M. Knoedler & Co. (New York), 1846 - 2011 (London, England; New York, New York) and Colnaghi (London, England; New York, New York), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1938.
Source: GRI, M. Knoedler & Co. records, sold alphabetical artists, box 150, Gainsborough 'James Christie' card, no. 16855.; GRI, Colnaghi microfilm, Old Master Paintings stock, fiche 3, Gainsborough 'Portrait of James Christie, Esq.', no. A.1446.
1938 - 1970
J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.