Inscribed at lower center, on the side of the large boat, in black chalk, "VG 1651"; and in lower right corner, adjoining Esdaile's initials and possibly also in his hand, in brown ink, "89". Inscribed on the verso, in lower left corner, in Esdaile's hand, in brown ink, "1834 WE 80x"; immediately following, possibly also in Esdaile's hand, in graphite, from "St ["t" in superscript] Thos ["s" in superscript] Lawrence's colln ["n" in superscript]; at lower center, in Esdaile's hand, in brown ink, "Van Goyen"; and numbered in graphite, at lower left, "3629"; and at lower center, "7".
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 171, repr. (as Van Goyen).
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 394.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
Drawing is a copy after Jan van Goyen's (1596-1656) signed and dated composition of 1651, last known to have been in the collection of Sir Audley Neeld, Grittleton House, near Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Goyen, Jan van, 1596-1656, Copy after.
Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Woodburn, Samuel, 1785 or 1786-1853 former owner.
Roupell, Robert Prioleau, 1798-1886, former owner.
Fisher, Richard, 1809-90, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.