William Graham Esq.; his sale at:
Christie's, London, April 3rd 1886, number 100 (£147); bought in by his daughter
Lady Horner (on her behalf by Agnew, Robson & Co.)
Robson & Co. 1895
Barbizon House by 1922 (There is some evidence of the Graham family using Barbizon House to discretely sell paintings from the collection at this time.(Conversation with Hilary Morgan Underwood, 2000))
Mme Jane Benachi; her sale:
Christie's, London, 20th October 1970, lot 165; sold to:
Private collection (purchased on their behalf by the Stone Gallery, Newcastle); to the present day.
London, Barbizon House, 1922, number 27, illustrated in the catalogue
Montreal, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Alfred Hitchcock. The Exhibition, November 2000- January 2001
Williamstown, Massachussetts, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute,The Blue Bower. Rossetti in the 1860s, February- May 2001
Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Alfred Hitchcock. The Exhibition, June-September, 2001
H. C. Marillier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, George Bell and Sons, London 1899, possibly under number 260.
Oswald Doughty and John Robert Wahl (editors) Letters of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1967, volume IV, page 1713: a letter to Henry T. Dunn (the artist's studio assistant) dated 17th February, 1880, I have had already to sacrifice to him [William Graham] (and it came very conveniently) the Proserpine you commenced and I carried on, to meet a debt which he proved (to my surprise) of £100 to be met by chalk work, and which had got quite overlooked for years. This Proserpine I must finish, and would finish at some time the replica I now propose for him, if I know when you could set about the commencement;
Virginia Surtees, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, A Catalogue Raisonné, Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1971, numbers 233, 233A-D. (Not the same work tentatively listed under number 233C from the collection of H. D. Lyon.) (Both Virginia Surtees and H. D. Lyon have confirmed that this is not the damaged pastel described in 233C. However the first part of the provenance in 233C, from William Graham to Agnew is the correct provenance for this work.)
Paul Spencer-Longhurst, The Blue Bower. Rossetti in the 1860s, Scala Publishers in association with the Barber Institute, London 2000, illustrated figure 13, page 24