signed by artist lower right in gray ink: EL (in monogram); by artist lower left in gray ink: Thebes; verso in brown ink: 72
Tennyson family (part of an album of 200 drawings illustrating Tennyson poems; this one no. 72); Tennyson Research Centre, Lincoln, until 1980. (Thos. Agnew and Sons, London, 1980, the album broken up and the drawings dispersed); Joseph F. McCrindle [1923-2008], New York, 1984; gift to NGA, 2010.
- Pitman, Ruth. Edward Lear's Tennyson. Manchester, 1988: 107-108
- Grasselli, Margaret M., and Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., eds. The McCrindle Gift: A Distinguished Collection of Drawings and Watercolors. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art. Washington, 2012: 171 (color).