Inscribed throughout by the artist, with letters presumably signifying color indications, in pen and brown ink; these are, at upper left, on turban of figure, "B"; at left, on mantle, "R"; at lower left, "3"; on background figures, at left, "V; V; R; R; S"; on garment of figure of Esther, "V P"; on figure to right of Esther, "V; S"; on curtain behind Ahasuerus, "R"; on garments of Ahasuerus," S; 3; S; R; R; 3"; inscribed at lower right, in pen and brown ink, "Paolo farinati".
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, IV, 77, repr.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
Robinson, J. C. (John Charles), Sir, 1824-1913, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.