Upper right: J. F. M.; Stamped, lower left: J F Millet
By descent from the artist to his widow, Catherine Lemaire Millet (d. 1894), Fontainebleau, France; April 24-25, 1894, posthumous Madame Millet sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 2, to Savary for 300 fr. March 1896, sold by Hayman to Edgar Degas (b. 1834 - d. 1917), Paris; March 26-27, 1918, Degas estate sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 82, to M. Duparc for 5700 fr. [see note 1]. With Galerie Max Moos, Geneva [see note 2]; probably sold by Moos to the Niveau Gallery, New York; 1944, sold by Niveau to the MFA for $6000. (Accession Date: March 9, 1944) NOTES:  For information about the acquisition and sale of the painting by Degas, see The Private Collection of Edgar Degas: A Summary Catalogue (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997), p. 102, cat. no. 893.  According to information in the MFA curatorial file.
Tompkins Collection—Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund