This drawing was owned by Timoteo Viti, who worked with Raphael, and survived him by three years. Probably after the death of the artist Viti assembled a large number of drawings by Raphael. These drawings were marked in the 17th Century by a descendent of Viti, often inacurately, with the initials of the artists, R.V. for Raphael, GGV for Girolamo Genga (cf. lot 2) and TVV for Timoteo Viti, the last V standing for Urbino where from the three artists originated. The collection was already broken in the 16th Century when Timoteo's son sold some drawings to Vasari, but most of the drawings were dispersed in 1714, when Crozat bought a portion of the collection, and in 1828 when the rest was sold to Samuel Woodburn. The Viti collection countained a number of drawings by Viti copying drawings by Raphael.
A drawing of the same provenance was sold at Christie's, New York, 22 january 2004, lot 12.