Possibly John Webb (b. 1799 - d. 1880), London, Kent and Cannes; possibly by descent to his daughter, Edith Cragg [see note 1]. 1937, Wildenstein and Co., Paris; January 23, 1937, sold by Wildenstein to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), Paris, New York and Newport, RI [see note 2]; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 8, 1969) NOTES:  According to Wildenstein, the painting had belonged to "Mrs. Cragg, England," presumably Edith Cragg--daughter of the dealer and collector John Webb--who had inherited other eighteenth-century French paintings from her father.  At this time it was sold, the painting was called "Portrait of a man, presumably the portrait of Lord Huntington."
Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection