Inscribed on the verso of the old mount, at center, in brown ink, "Jhr["r" in superscript] Rutgertius Hensii Swager, Ambassadeur van den Koning van Zweeden-".
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 119, repr. (as Michiel van Miereveldt).
Rembrandt and his century : Dutch drawings of the seventeenth century : from the collection of Frits Lugt, Institut néerlandais, Paris, New York-Paris, 1977-1978. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library; Paris: Institut néerlandais, 1977, under no. 4, n. 7 (as Bailly).
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 6.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
Miereveld, Michiel van, 1567-1641, Formerly attributed to.
Fagel, François, 1659-1746, former owner.
Fagel, Hendrik, 1706-1790, former owner.
Fagel, Hendrik, 1765-1838, former owner.
Temple, Henry, Viscount Palmerston, 1739-1802, former owner.
Temple, Henry John, Viscount Palmerston, 1784-1865, former owner.
Temple, Mary, Lady Palmerston, d. 1869, former owner.
Ashley, Evelyn, 1836-1907, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.