Signed and dated at lower left margin, in brown ink, "Berchem fec ["ec" in superscript] 1657". Inscribed on the verso: at upper left, in the hand of Röver, in graphite, "23/48"; at center, also in graphite, "71"; at lower left, in graphite, "12"; below this, in the hand of Goll van Franckenstein, in red ink, "N 2881"; and after this, in brown ink, "C J Nieuwenhuys 1840".
Watermark: Foolscap with seven points over "4" and three balls (similar to Heawood, nos. 1996-2020), cap with two balls and one point.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 208, repr.
Stampfle, Felice. Rubens and Rembrandt in Their Century : Flemish and Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century from The Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1979, no. 101, repr.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 19.
This drawing, like I, 138, was reproduced, in reverse, by Johannes Visscher (1633-after 1692). The corresponding print, no. 4 in his series of four etched and engraved prints published under the title "Diversa animalia quadrupedia", is a faithful reproduction of the Morgan drawing (Hollstein, XLI, p. 87, no. 377).
Röver, Valerius, 1686-1739, former owner.
Röver-van der Dussen, Cornelia, 1689-1762, former owner.
Leth, Hendrik te, 1703-66, former owner.
Goll van Franckenstein, J. (Johann), 1722-1785, former owner.
Goll van Franckenstein, Johan, 1756-1821, former owner.
Goll van Franckenstein, Pieter Hendrik, 1787-1832, former owner.
Nieuwenhuys, C. J., 1799-1883, former owner.
Holford, Robert Stayner, 1808-1892, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.