Inscribed in brown ink at upper center, "Nr.72".
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Seventeenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1972-1974. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1976, p. 182.
100 Master Drawings from The Morgan Library & Museum, Munich 2008, pp. 164-5, cat. 68.
Helmuth Schneider, "Die Mär von der bissigen Mähre,"Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, October 16, 2013.
A drawing of the same subject by Jörg Breu the Younger is in the collection of the Morgan (acc. no. 1978.38).
The source of the scene depicted is Herodotus 5.111-13. Jörg Breu could have known the passage from a German translation of Herodotus, published in Augsburg in 1535--Cf. Schneider.
This drawing was formerly attributed to the Nuremberg artist Virgil Solis (1514-1562 Nuremberg), on account of the later - albeit false - monogram it bears. Yet the style and handling, in particular the razor-sharp pen line, differ from Solis's known works and are so similar to a series of drawings depicting rulers by Breu that it seems more likely that the work is by Breu instead, and it served as the model for 1978.38.
Solis, Virgil, 1514-1562, Formerly attributed to.
Koenigs, Franz, former owner.
Boerlage-Koenigs, A. K. M., Mrs., former owner.
McGreevy, Milton, donor.
McGreevy, Milton, Mrs., donor.