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-
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
- 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").
- 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.