Preparatory drawings for this composition are in the Louvre Cabinet des Dessins and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. Mérot (op. cit.), dating this work circa 1647, records a reference of 1690, stating that a picture by Le Sueur of this subject was sketched out for Buron, a surgeon living on the Ile de Notre Dame, and then finished by 'M. Goussey', possibly the artist Thomas Goussé.