Signed by the artist at lower right: EL (in monogram); by the artist at lower left in black ink: Tanjore
Tennyson family (part of an album of 200 drawings illustrating Tennyson poems; this one no. 78)); 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: 201.
- 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: 170 (color).