the artist, Springs, N.Y. (until d.1956; his estate, New York, 1956–62); Lee Krasner Pollock, New York (1962–d.1984; her estate, New York, 1984–90; sold to MMA)
Hartford, Conn. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. "Continuity and Change: 45 American Abstract Painters and Sculptors," April 12–May 27, 1962, no. 116 (as “Two Sketch Books,” c. 1931–34, lent by Lee Krasner Pollock).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Jackson Pollock: Early Sketchbooks and Drawings," October 21, 1997–February 8, 1998, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pollock Draws El Greco," September 30, 2003–January 11, 2004, no catalogue.
Francis Valentine O'Connor and Eugene Victor Thaw, ed. Jackson Pollock: A Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Drawings, and Other Works. Vol. 3, Drawings, 1930–1956. New Haven, 1978, p. 44, no. 434, ill., colorpl. 8, date it ca. 1937–38; identify motifs as copies from El Greco's "St. Ann, the Virgin...Fruit" and "Descent from the Cross" and on the lower right Thomas Hart Benton's drawing for arranging volumes around a central axis.
Ellen G. Landau. Jackson Pollock. New York, 1989, ill. p. 27 (color).
Katharine Baetjer. "Pollock Interprets the Old Masters: Sketchbooks I and II." The Jackson Pollock Sketchbooks in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1997, pp. 38, 51–52, 56, 59 n. 59, p. 86, no. II:7r, identifies the majority of the drawings to be studies after El Greco's "Saint Anne, the Virgin and the Infant Christ with Saint John," and the dead Christ from the "Pietà.