Inscription: Verso, at lower left margin, in pen and black ink, in William Esdaile's handwriting: Frankfurt 1825 WE N 31 Verso, lower right, in black ink: 37 Marking: Recto, bottom right corner, in pen and black, collector's mark of William Esdaile, London, written in pen and black ink (Lugt 2617) Verso, bottom right corner: MMA stamp
William Esdaile (British, 1758–1837 London); Mrs. Frank Dawson; Vendor: Yvonne Tan Bunzl (London) at Faerber and Maison Ltd., London
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings Recently Acquired, 1969-1971," January 18, 1972–April 16, 1972.
Anton Raphael Mengs. 1965, cat. no. 66, p. 82. Yvonne Tan Bunzl, Faerber and Maison Ltd. Old Master Drawings. Exh. cat., London, Yvonne Tan Bunzl, November 23 - December 8, 1971. London, 1971, cat. no. 35, fig. no. 35, ill. Jacob Bean Drawings Recently Acquired, 1969-1971. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (January 18 - April 16). New York, 1972, cat. no. 94, p. 40. Steffi Roettgen Anton Raphael Mengs 1728-1779 and his British Patrons. 1993, cat. no. under no.24, p. 96.