Inscribed on the old Richardson mount, at upper left corner, in graphite, "11"; at lower center, in Richardson's hand, in brown ink, "Rembrandt"; in Esdaile's hand, at lower right of ornamental border, in brown ink, "WE", at lower left corner, in brown ink, "105x 1831x", above this, in graphite, "R", and at lower right corner, also in brown ink, "222"; and above this number, in another hand, in graphite, "10 178 [8 in superscript/ cd [cd in superscript]"; on the verso of this mount, at upper left, in graphite, "N L 59"; at lower center left, in graphite, "/" ; at lower left corner, in Esdaile's hand, in brown ink, "1831 WE N 105x"; below this, in another hand, in brown ink, "No [o in superscript]. 493"; and in lower right corner, in another hand, in graphite, "z: r / 5".
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 207, repr.
Stampfle, Felice and Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann. Rembrandt Drawings from American Collections. Cambridge, MA: Fogg Art Museum; New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1960, no. 61, repr.
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. 75, 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. 221.
Watermark: none visible through lining with fiber optic light.
An album with 25 of Rembrandt's studies after Mughal miniatures was assembled in the first half of the 18th century by the English painter and collector Jonathan Richardson, Sr. Today at least 24 of these Richardson drawings, including Inv. nos. I-207 and I-208, are known; all are identified by the stamp of the collector's monogram, and all are executed on Japanese paper.
Richardson, Jonathan, 1665-1745, former owner.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Bale, Charles Sackville, 1791-1880, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.