Inscribed on the verso of the lining: at upper right, in Barnard's hand, in brown ink, "J:B. N ̊: 962 / 7 3/4 x 6 / Given to by Capt ["t" in superscript] Baillie"; at lower left, in graphite, "mo/"; to the right of this, in another hand, in graphite, "12916"; further to the right, also in graphite, "Coll. Defer Dumesnil / (Lugt no. 739) [with arrow pointing towards mark]"; below this, in graphite (almost erased), "3 3 6"; at lower left, in Esdaile's hand, in brown ink, "1833 WE 80x"; and to the right of this, in another hand, in brown ink, "A Van Ostade".
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 127, repr.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
The sheet is clearly the working drawing for a finished and slightly larger version in watercolor of this subject, dated 1673, in the Louvre, Paris.
Baillie, William, 1723-1810, former owner.
Barnard, John, d. 1784, former owner.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Defer, Pierre, 1798-1870, former owner.
Dumesnil, Henri, 1823-1898, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.