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By 1935, Baroness von Isbary, Vienna; by descent to her daughter, Princess Windisch-Grätz, Vienna; sold by Princess Windisch-Grätz to Frederick Mont, Inc., New York; 1959, sold by Mont to the MFA for $9,000. (Accession Date: October 8, 1959) NOTES:  At the time of its acquisition, the painting was said to have come from the collection of Baroness Isbary, Vienna. Correspondence from Betty Mont to Kenneth Donahue, Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (August 29, 1968) reveals that Mont had purchased the painting from Baroness Isbary's daughter, Princess Windisch-Grätz. Presumably, it was Princess Windisch-Grätz or her mother who had lent the painting to the exhibition organized by P. de Boer, Amsterdam and Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna (of which Mont was director), "Die Jüngeren Brueghel und ihr Kreis" (Vienna, Palais Pallavicini, March 16 - April 15, 1935). In a letter of September 19, 1968, Mrs. Mont wrote to Mr. Donahue that around 1912 Princess Windisch-Grätz's grandfather had purchased the Schloss Friedau (Austria), including about three-quarters of its large painting collection. It is therefore possible that the MFA painting had come from the Schloss Friedau and was passed on by descent to Baroness Isbary.
Francis Welch Fund