The prototype, on panel, 45 x 34 cm, is in the Mauritshuis, The Hague, inv. no.275, where it entered from the cabinet of Prince William V of Orange. As pointed out by H.R. Hoetink et. al., The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, 1985, p.210, no.46, ill., there has been disagreement on both the attribution and the date of execution of the original. Its style has been connected with Holbein's family portrait of circa 1528 in the Kunstmuseum, Basel; but J. Rowlands, The Paintings of Hans Holbein the Younger, 1985, p.228, no.R4, plate 208, attributes it to Hans Holbein the Elder.
The sitter has been traditionally identified as Elisabeth Binzenstock, wife of Hans Holbein the Younger.
L. Bregoli is unrecorded but was apparently active in Amsterdam. Probably of Italian origin, he is known to have painted copies after Old Master Pictures in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam almost on a daily basis in the years 1916-1922, as is shown by the museum copy-register.