Inscribed on mount, in graphite, "Scene in Macbeth"; superimposed over the last word, in pen and brown ink, "Hamlet".
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 264.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
Presumably a preparatory sketch for an engraving of the painting at the Garrick Club, London.
Drummond, William, former owner.
Hughes, John C. donor.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Hamlet.