About 1832-40, the artist. By 1897, John M. Falconer (1820-1903), Brooklyn ; April 28-29, 1904, John M. Falconer Sale, Anderson Galleries, New York, lot 410. 1943, with The Old Print Shop, New York; 1944, sold by The Old Print Shop to Maxim Karolik, Newport,R.I.; 1962, gift of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (March 14, 1962)  John Falconer, an etcher, was a close friend of Cole and his family and made a number of prints after Cole's drawings. Falconer was likely given the painting by the Cole family well before 1897 when "Salvator Rosa Sketching Banditti" was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum. See Richard W. Wallace, "Salvator Rosa in America," Wellesley, Mass.: Wellesley College Museum, 1979, p. 118.
Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865