This drawing appears to be by the same hand as one that was with Katrin Bellenger (Italian Drawings 1500-1800, Munich, 1999, no. 13). Nancy Ward Neilson attributed it to Giovanni Battista Crespi, il Cerano ('Review: Il Seicento lombardo. Catalogo dei disegni, libri e stampi', Master Drawings, 1974, XII, pp. 58-9) and Giulio Bora suggested an attribution to the brothers Lampugnani ('Due secoli d'arte a Milano: La pittura', Santa Maria della Passione e il Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi a Milano, Milan, 1981, pp. 150, 154, fig. 203).
An inscription on the verso might refer to a member of the Nuvolone family of Lombard artists, and the extensive Latin inscription relates to a petition for surveyors for the Duchy of Milan in 1626.