Signed and dated at lower right center, in black chalk, "J v der meer / de jonge 1687".
Watermark: Foolscap with seven points, over "4" and three balls (similar to Heawood, no. 2044: 1687), three balls are distorted, with top ball separated from lower two, cap with two balls.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 231, 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. 151.
Vermeer, Jan, 1656-1705, Formerly attributed to.
Mayor, William, 1826-1892, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.