The signature at the lower left is probably false; the painting is no longer considered to be by Rembrandt. There are a number of weaknesses in the drawing, and the application of paint does not always successfully describe the intended form. This suggests it is the work of a pupil rather than Rembrandt himself. On stylistic grounds it may perhaps date from the late 17th century or even the early 18th century.
This picture was presented by Sir George Beaumont in 1823/8