Although the drawing has been lined, it is still possible, with a fiber optic light, to decipher the inscription on the verso: inscribed at lower left, presumably by the artist, in ink, "de Abdiÿ op den Eltenen Bergh". Inscribed on the inside of the lining at right, in a large script, in graphite, "Deeze... / ne... / door... / zijn... / Katy...". On the lining, in graphite, at center, "No ["o" in superscript] 13-13"; in another hand, "41" and "23"; and at lower right, "Domer".
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 219, 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, under no. 30, n. 11.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 60.
Tonneman, Jeronimus, 1688-1750, former owner.
Tonneman, Maria, d. 1752, former owner.
Ponsonby, Ashley, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.