Inscribed at lower right, in pen and brown ink, "C: Lanfranco, D. 6(?)"; at upper right corner, in pen and black ink, "48"; on verso at lower left, in graphite, "117".
Watermark: Crown, crossing three chain lines.
Scholz, Janos. Italian Master Drawings, 1350-1800, from the János Scholz Collection. New York : Dover, 1976, no. 80, repr.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Nineteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978-1980. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, p. 199-200.
Preparatory study for the figure of St. John in one of the fresco pendentives at Gesù Nuovo, Naples, decorated 1635-1637.
Piancastelli, Giovanni, 1845-1926, former owner.
Brandegee, Edward, former owner.
Brandegee, Mary, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.