Inscribed on the verso, at lower left, in graphite, "a/u"; and below, in Esdaile's hand, in brown ink, "1816 WE N 50x P98. J. Storck".
Watermark: Arms of Amsterdam fragment, (similar to Heawood, no. 434: Holland, c. 1685), rampant lion.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 146, repr. (as Abraham Storck).
The central ship is disconcertingly represented with its sail billowing out to the right and its hull pitched to the right, while it is clear from the flags and other boats that the breeze is blowing strongly from the right. The motif must have been copied from another composition and inappropriately integrated here by the copyist.
Storck, Abraham, 1644-after 1704(?), Formerly attributed to.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Gibbs, James, 19th cent., former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.