In comparison to Bolognese contemporaries such as Domenichino, Guido Reni and Guercino, Albani's corpus of drawings is small. However as a member of the Carracci circle it would seem strange if he did not draw at least a few caricatures, as the old inscription on the verso of this drawing would suggest. Albani was a successful teacher, and his studio produced a number of notable caricaturists such as Pier Francesco Mola (see lots 34-37 in the present sale). The artists caricatured in this drawing were all 'graduates' of the Carracci Academy. A terminus post quem for the present sheet is 1647, the year Badalocchio died.
James Byam Shaw adduces the print after this composition to attribute a drawing at Christ Church to Albani (J. Byam Shaw, Drawings by Old Masters at Christ Church Oxford, Oxford, 1967, I, no. 981, II, pl. 588).