Inscribed on the verso, at lower left, in an old hand, in black chalk, "Rembrandt"; at lower right, in a more modern hand, in graphite, "St. Jerome in a cave".
Watermark: Fleur-de-lis in shield, surmounted by crown, above "4" and letters "WR", (Strasbourg lily). Lead white on drawing is visible on beta radiograph.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 222 (as school of Rembrandt).
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 238.
There are two other versions of the present composition, the first in the Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and the other in the private collection of H. Bowring, London.
Peart, E. (Edward), 1756?-1824, former owner.
Greville, Charles, 1762-1832, former owner.
Warwick, George Guy Greville, Earl of, 1818-1893, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.