Inscribed by another hand in graphite on old mount at lower right, "B. West / Study from life for the death of Cleopatra"; at lower left, "L 2.2-".
Kraemer, Ruth S. Drawings by Benjamin West and His Son, Raphael Lamar West. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 131.
Margary, Harry, former owner.
Charles, Robert H., Mrs., donor.