Inscribed below by the artist, "with respect to their darkness & gradation / the tender clouds have exactly the appearance desired. / This drawing differs from the block in / several of its details: but is lent for reference / as giving the general gradations of depth from / foreground to distance & sky. It is requested that great care / be taken of it & that it be returned with the proof."
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Sixteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969-1971. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1973, p. 118-119.
Catalogue of an Exhibition of Drawings, Etchings & Woodcuts by Samuel Palmer and Other Disciples of William Blake, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1926, no. 98.
Preparatory drawing for the first edition of Charles Dickens' "Pictures from Italy", London, 1846, which was evidently engraved on wood, but did not appear in the book.
Palmer, A. H., former owner.
Suzannet, Alain de, Count, former owner.
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. Pictures from Italy.