Inscribed at lower right in black ink, "I. Pils"; inscribed on old backing in graphite, "Dessin de Pils a été réduit par P. Renouard et publié dans l'Art - année 1876. Tome I page /232".
As one of Napoleon's preferred realist painters, Isidore Pils was invited to accompany the French army on military expeditions, making sketches in ink and watercolor that he would consult for his later paintings. These watercolors, first exhibited at the Salon of 1855, established him as a premiere watercolorist in France (Gabriel Weisberg, "The Reluctant Realist: The Watercolors of Isidore Pils," Drawing vol. II, no. 3, p. 50). According to an inscription on the old backing, this drawing was reproduced in 1876 by printmaker and illustrator Paul Renouard (1845-1924), Pils' student, in the popular Parisian journal L'Art.
Unidentified collector's mark: black circular stamp at lower left: "AF" (Not in Lugt).