Inscribed by the artist, within the design below the three figures of the composition, in brown ink, "Prodigalitas, Liberalitas, Auaritia". On the album page below the design in another hand, in brown ink, "In medio consistit virtus (title) / Virtús est mediúm vitiorúm in útrimque reductum" (Virtue is a mean between vices, remote from both extremes). The text is from Horace, "Epistles", Book I, 18, line 9.
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. 70, no. 117.
Watermark: since the drawings are laid down, no watermarks, if any, are visible, even with fiber-optic light.
Engraved in reverse, 1607.
Also see records on Van Veen Album (III, 146-157).