by artist, within drawing: ELLEN SEYMOUR / OR / THE BUD AND THE FLOWER / BY MRS. SAVILE SHEPHERD / (FORMERLY ANNE HOULDITCH) / BATH , BINNS AND GOODWIN./LONDON.JAMES NISBET & CO.); signed by artist, lower left in graphite: B Foster; by later hand on mount, lower left verso in pen and black ink: DG-370 [Davis Galleries inv. no.]; by later hand on mount, along right edge verso in graphite: Mathews; by later hand on mat, across bottom in graphite: Original drawing by / BIRKET FOSTER (underlined) R.W.S., 1825-1899 / for the title page to / "Ellen Seymour" / signed
Private collector's mark in stamp and black ink: Bird (Not in Lugt). (Davis Galleries, New York); Joseph F. McCrindle [1923-2008], New York, 1965; Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, 2008; gift to NGA, 2009.
- 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: 169 (color).