Inscribed below the drawing by the artist, in brown ink, "[Ma]tt 18/1 - Het En sy dat ghy Rycke der Hemelen ontfa[nkt] / als Een Kindeken soo en suldt ghy daer niet In Comen" (a free rendering of Matthew 18:3: "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven"); within the design at lower left, in another hand in black chalk, partially retraced with brown ink, "Jordaens". On verso, at lower left, in graphite, "6"; at lower right, in graphite, "12"; and in brown ink, "40".
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 238.
Stampfle, Felice, with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries and Flemish Drawings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1991, p. 132, no. 286, repr.
Reveley, Henry, 1737-1798, former owner.
Bale, Charles Sackville, 1791-1880, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.