Signed and dated in black chalk at lower left, "B. West 1784".
Kraemer, Ruth S. Drawings by Benjamin West and His Son, Raphael Lamar West. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 174, repr.
This large finished drawing of a gnarled tree trunk can be related to two other drawings of the same subject at The Morgan Library (1970.11:5 and 1970.11:11).
Margary, Harry, former owner.
Charles, Robert H., Mrs., donor.