The watercolour was possibly offered to Hélène Bertaut, a mistress of Hugo. Cf. her letter VMH/1/46/1.
It does not have an accession number.
It was reproduced: on the cover of Stephen Bann, The Inventions of History: Essays on the Representation of the Past, Manchester University Press, 1990.
Susan Jennifer Navarette, The Shape of Fear: Horror and the Fin de Siècle Culture of Decadence, The University Press of Kentucky, 1998, p.14.
It was also exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1974; the exhibition was entitled Drawings by VH and the catalogue written by Pierre Georgel.