Lower center, on boat: W Ranney/49
1849, awarded by the American Art Union, New York (no.7861) to A.L. Hatch, Brooklyn, NY. By 1864, E. J. Dreer . Milton Rathbun (d. 1902), Mt. Vernon, New York; by descent to Alan Rathbun, New York. 1946, with John Levy Galleries, New York; 1946, sold by John Levy Galleries to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1948, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1948)  "Duck Shooters" was exhibited at the Philadelphia Great Central Fair, 1864, cat. 510, owner E. J. Dreer.
Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865