Lower right: J. F. Millet
1866, Emile Gavet (b. 1830 -d. 1904), Paris (original commission) [see note 1]; June 11-12, 1875, Gavet sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 60, to Alexis-Eugène Détrimont (b. 1825), Paris [see note 2]. Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr. and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917) NOTES:  This was among the first group of pastels that Gavet, a Parisian architect, commissioned from Millet. See Alexandra R. Murphy, "Jean-François Millet" (Boston: MFA, 1984), p. 169, cat. no. 113.  Detrimont was a dealer, restorer, and framer. Murphy (as above, n. 1) suggests he may have purchased this for Quincy Adams Shaw.
Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton