Inscribed on verso, at lower left corner, in an old hand, in graphite, "dJ / JR [circle with vertical line] ·": ; in brown ink, "49" ("23" crossed out); in lower right corner, in graphite, "P.P. Rubens"; in another hand, "£31.10.0". In the opposite direction, in a seventeenth-century hand, in graphite, "van rubbens no 23".
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. 153, no. 320, repr.
Drawing is a copy after the lower right corner of Rubens's painting the "Fall of the Damned", probably executed about 1618-21, now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich.