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Inscription

upper right corner in graphite by unknown hand: 11; lower left corner in graphite by unknown hand: 4; lower left verso in graphite by unknown hand; 8791 No. 11 $100-

Provenance

the artist, London, England; Lord Lyndhurst (John Singelton Copley, Jr.), London, England, 1815; (Lyndhurst Library Sale, Christie's, London, England, 1864); Edward Basil Jupp, London, England; Amory Family, Boston, Massachusetts; (Childs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts); Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1956; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art

Bibliography
1966
Prown, Jules David. John Singleton Copley, vol. 2. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1966, p. 449, fig. 517 (as "Study for Figures Clinging to Wreckage").
1983
Simmons, Linda Crocker and with the assistance of Adrianne J. Humphrey, et al. American Drawings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Collages in the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1983: p. 1, no. 3.