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Inscription

lower left in pen and black ink: M / H / J; upper center in graphite by unknown hand [upside down and superimposed over erased graphite, not deciphered]: Make cut as wide as the page will allow / M[not deciphered] - 5 E[not deciphered]; center in graphite by unknown hand [upside down]: BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX / OF PAINTERS; lower center in graphite by unknown hand [upside down]: - 4 3/8" - ; lower left in graphite by unknown hand [upside down] 88577 / 6/8

Provenance

the artist, Washington, DC; executed for the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, c. 1890; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art