Inscribed at upper edge in red-brown ink over graphite, "Hen. Howard E. of Surrey".
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 259, repr.
This drawing very likely corresponds with no. 100 ("Thomas [sic] Howard, Earl of Surry, a profile... Drawn by H. Holbein"), in George Vertue's "Catalogue of the collection of pictures, &c. belonging to King James the Second : to which is added, a catalogue of the pictures and drawings in the closet of the late Queen Caroline, with their exact measures..." (compiled in 1743; published in 1758). The drawing is not mentioned in Musgrave's 1774 inventory of the Royal Collection, which suggests that it was removed from the collection by that date. See L. Oliver, V. Button, A. Derbyshire, N. Frayling, and R. Withnall, "New Evidence Towards an Attribution to Holbein of a Drawing in the Victoria and Albert Museum," The Burlington Magazine, vol. 148, 2006, p. 168.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.