The Modenese painter Ercole Setti drew considerably on Roman Mannerist examples, and especially that of Perino del Vaga, whose graphic style clearly informs the present sheet. In all Setti's drawings the pen is used in the same way, with characteristically delicate lines, and a similar manner of describing the eyes. The present sheet can best be compared with three drawings, from an album of 125 black chalk drawings of tradesmen and market scenes, now dismantled.1
Here, the lines are more impulsive and fluid than in some of Setti's drawings, which can be drier and more stylized, and may perhaps have been made as preparatory studies for engravings.
1. F. Zava Boccazzi, 'An unpublished Album of Drawings by Ercole Setti', Master Drawings, Vol. VI, (1968), no. 4, pls. 7-9