During the last two centuries the picture changed hands fairly frequently, but precise details of the facts of ownership have not yet come to light in all cases. The available evidence is as follows: Probably de Merval, his sale, Paris, May 9, 1768, lot 100; Sir Joshua Reynolds, by 1775, his sale, Christie’s, London, March 17, 1795, lot 84, according to Caracciolo and Earlom ; Noel Desenfans, his sale, March 18, 1802, according to Smith ; Lord Carrington, by 1842; The Reverend J. Staniforth, by 1857, according to Waagen 1857 ; Hart Davis collection, according to Waagen 1857, but unconfirmed; Probably lot 85, W. A. L. Fletcher sale, Christie’s, London, 1914; Bought Cohen; Asscher, London, ca. 1941; Lady Dunsany, London, ca. 1954, her sale, Christie’s, London, November 25, 1966, lot 67; Bought Owen. The sale catalogue adds John Bolton and Annabella, Lady Boughey, to the list of previous owners, both unconfirmed; Acquired by the Putnam Foundation, 1969
 L. Caracciolo, with engraved reproductions by Richard Earlom, Liber Veritatis di Claudio Gelee (Rome, 1815). In 1775, while the painting was in the possession of Sir Joshua Reynolds, an engraving after it was made by John Pye the Elder.
 John Smith, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters, 9 vols. (London, 1829–42), 8:245–46, perhaps also no. 346, and 9: supplement, p. 807, no. 12
 G. F. Waagen, Galleries and Cabinets of Art in Great Britain, 4. Vols. (London, 1857), 4:427–28