Inscribed on the verso, at the lower left corner, probably a dealer's code, in graphite, "BdBo / ss ils.wok". Inscribed on the old mount underneath the drawing, in graphite, "Rembrandts Mother".
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, introduction (n.p.), paragraph 3, and no. 194, repr. (as Rembrandt but related to a domestic scene by Nicolaes Maes).
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. 122, 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. 71.
Drawing is preparatory for painting of the same subject attributed to van Dyck in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669, Formerly attributed to.
Maes, Nicolaes, ca. 1634-1693, Formerly attributed to.
Pluym, Karel van der, 1625-72, Formerly attributed to.
Richardson, Jonathan, 1665-1745, former owner.
Fokke, Simon, 1712-1784, former owner.
Aylesford, Heneage Finch, Earl of, 1786-1859, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.