|Inscribed: On back of panel, on label, in ink: “núm. 36’; on another label of the Academy, in ink: “N.a. 135/ N.M. 149/ Florero/ Por Espinosa’; in drawing charcoal: “8” ; on old card, in ink: “135” (which was probably on front). On back of frame, in ink: “223’.
Provenance: Espinós, Director at the Escola de Flors i Ornats (the School of Flowers and Adornments) in the Valencia Academy, sent for the disposal of the Junta de Comerç of Barcelona in 1789, several paintings of flowers and drawings for the classes on this subject which were held at the Escola de Llotja; two of the flower paintings were returned to Espinós in 1790. The present work is probably one of the items of that consignement which remained in Barcelona.
Came to the Academy's Museum: 1789 (?).
Note: In the different catalogues of the Academy's Museum the artist's surname appears as “Espinosa”. This fact has sometimes lead to mistake this artist for the Baroq painter of Valencia Jerónimo-Jacinto Espinosa and also for the still-life painter of Madrid Juan de Espinosa. Many documents of that period generally recorded the surname of Benito Espinós adding an "a" at the end. (See, for example, Subirana, p. 411).
In 1932 it was loaned to the Comissió Provincial de Monuments Històrics i Artístics de Barcelona (no. 36 in the list of the works on loan), from where it was recovered some years later. It is in a poor state of preservation.|