Inscribed on the verso, at lower right, in Ploos van Amstel's hand, in brown ink, "h: 19d / b: 13 1/2d / J. van Huysum del".
Watermark: Countermark, letters "IV", between two chain lines. Lead white and copper green paint of drawing show in backround of beta radiograph.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 387.
Flowers of ten centuries 1947, no. 71 (as van Huysum).
Flowers in books and drawings 1980, no. 93 (as van Huysum; not repr.).
Another version of the same subject was formerly on the London art market (sale, London, Sotheby's, 1 December 1966, lot 63). Neither it, nor the Morgan drawing, is of sufficient quality to be by van Huysum himself and both probably depend on a common prototype.
Formerly attributed to Jan van Huysum, 1628-1749.
Huysum, Jan van, 1682-1749, Formerly attributed to.
Ploos van Amstel, Cornelis, 1726-1798, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.