Inscribed on the verso, at lower left corner, in an old hand, in red chalk, "Rembrandt"; and below this, in graphite, "DRC".
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 173, repr. (as 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. 134.
The subject is the type of bald-headed man with a spade beard represented in a number of Rembrandt's etchings and paintings of around 1630 and commonly identified as his father, the miller Harmen Gerritsz. van Rijn (1565-1630). What is now considered the most certain likeness of Rembrandt's father is the inscribed drawing in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and the portraits of the present model are usually termed "tronies".