Reynolds noted a single appointment with 'Lady Bamfield' in his pocket book on 10 April 1777, less than two weeks before the present picture was exhibited at the Royal Academy. By this date the portrait would have been virtually complete, the final sitting being used to add some final touches or refinements. Earlier sittings almost certainly took place in 1776, although since the pocket book for that year is missing, it is not possible to determine when they occurred.
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