Signed and dated at lower right, in red chalk, "1676·K·DV·IARDIN·f·Romae". Inscribed on the mount: at upper center, in graphite, "Burlington Fine Arts Club. Exh. 1883"; and at lower center, in Roupell's hand, in black ink, "R P R / Karl du Jardin / This drawing formed part of the Collection of / Sir Anthony Westcomb[sic] who is said in Walpoles / anecdotes to have been one of the Earliest English / Collectors. Temp Car 2. His Collection was bequeathed / by him to Bernard Granville the friend and patron of / Handel-and was preserved intact by that family / It was sold by order of the Executors in 1857 by Puttick / and Simpson. I purchased it at that sale / R P R".
Watermark: Anchor within a circle, surmounted by a six-pointed star, over the letter "F" (similar to Heawood, nos. 5-8: Rome, seventeenth century). Centered on one chain line, anchor has rounded top.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 66.
The arrangement of figures and animals in the drawing and that of the related painting in the Galleria Sabauda, Turin are nearly identical, but in reverse.
Westcombe, Anthony, Sir, approximately 1680-1752, former owner.
Granville, Bernard, former owner.
Roupell, Robert Prioleau, 1798-1886, former owner.
Salting, George, 1835-1909, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.