Stylistically, the present drawing is very close to Federico Zuccaro's drawings of The Death of Ananias
and Saint Peter Healing the Cripple
in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard.1
James Mundy dates the Fogg studies to the early 1580s highlighting the 'distinctive mitten-like hands' which are hallmarks of the artist's later and more rapid style. The same mode of execution can be seen in our drawing and the architectural backdrop is handled in a very similar way to the background of the Fogg's Saint Peter Healing the Cripple.
James Mundy proffers a plausible connection suggesting they might be studies for the remaining narrative wall frescoes in the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican, due to the subject matter and vertical format. It has not been possible to connect this sheet with any painted project by Federico but based on stylistic comparisons with the Fogg studies it is conceivable that this drawing may relate to his work at the Vatican.
From an inscription on the backing we learn that John Gere suggested the attribution to Federico Zuccaro.
1. Italian Master Drawings by the Zuccari, 1550-1600, exhib. cat., Milwaukee, Milwaukee Art Museum, 1989-90, cat. no. 81