in plate, in margin below portrait, in reverse: Damnosa quid non imminuit dies:/Aetas parentum peior auis, tulit/Nos nequiores: mox daturos/Progeniem vitiosiorem. [What deterioration comes with each passing day/Our parents' era even more than that of our forebears/has made us still less fit, causing us to produce even more defective progeny]
in reverse, lower right: HGoltzius fecit
verso, collector's stamp in black, in palette: JBJ [Rev. J. Burleigh James; Lugt 1425]; collector's stamp in red: H.F.S. [Henry F. Sewall; Lugt 1309]; purple Parker Collection MFA stamp with accession number in ink: 7269 [Lugt 1870]; in graphite: Agatha Scholier Huyvrouw van/Christian Bar[?] Schoonmoeder/van Hendrick Goltzius; 210;[?]; 2
Before 1877, Rev. J. Burleigh James, Knowbury Park, Shropshire, England; his collection dispersed at Sotheby's, London, 1877. Henry F. Sewell (1816-1896, New York); November, 1897, Sewell collection purchased for the MFA by Harvey D. Parker.
Harvey D. Parker Collection