Inscribed on the verso of the lining, at upper left corner, in graphite, "17.0"; at upper right corner, in the hand of Serres, in black ink, "of Vandevelde / D. Serres" (with a flourish); at the left of signature, in graphite, "June 19:, 1779"; and at lower right corner, in another hand, in graphite, "Braun".
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 148, repr.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
Inasmuch as some of the gray wash of the drawing flows over onto the mount, one wonders if the gray wash was part of the artist's work after he had mounted the drawing, or was all or some of it added by a later owner, perhaps Dominic Serres (1722-93) who was himself marine painter to King George III of England (reg 1760-1820)?
Serres, Dominic, 1719-1793, former owner.
Woodburn, Samuel, 1785 or 1786-1853 former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.