Lower right: E. Boudin
Allard et Noël, Paris. Galerie Raphaël Gérard, Paris. Henry Warren Bliss (b. 1862 - d. 1946) [see note 1]; 1947, by descent to his son, Henry Mather Bliss (b. 1895 - d. 1977) and his wife, Miriam Ladd Bliss (b. 1900 - d. 1994), Sherborn, MA; 1967, gift of Mrs. Henry Bliss to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 13, 1967) NOTES:  According to a letter from Thomas N. Maytham of the MFA to Robert Schmit (May 11, 1967), the donor of the painting, Mrs. Bliss, stated that "it was purchased probably in Europe late in the nineteenth century by her husband's grandfather, Mr. Edward P. Bliss" (b. 1820 - d. 1896) and "in 1947 Henry Bliss, Jr., inherited it from his father." Several years later, Mr. Schmit, author of the catalogue raisonné "Eugène Boudin, 1824-1898" (Paris, 1973), vol. 2, p. 372, cat. no. 2291, gave the early provenance of the painting as Allard et Noël and the Galerie Raphaël Gérard, Paris. Since the Galerie Raphaël Gérard was active in the twentieth century and not the nineteenth, and since Mrs. Bliss's information was conjectural ("probably" purchased by her husband's grandfather), the provenance of the painting can only be securely traced to Henry Warren Bliss.
Gift of Mrs. Henry Bliss