Lower left, on rock: domenikos theotokopoulos / e'poiei (in Greek characters)
Until 1875, Jean-François Millet (b. 1814 - d. 1875), Fontainebleau; by inheritance to his widow, Catherine Lemaire Millet (d. 1894); 1894, acquired by André Lefèvre (b. 1883 - d. 1963), Paris [see note 1]. 1896, Zacharie Astruc (b. 1833 - d. 1907), Paris; September 1896, sold by Astruc to Edgar Degas (b. 1834 - d. 1917), Paris [see note 2]; March 26, 1918, Degas estate sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 3, to Trotti for Hermann Heilbuth (b. 1861 - d. 1945), Copenhagen; about 1920/1923, probably sold by Heilbuth to Ehrich Gallery, New York [see note 3]; 1923, sold by Ehrich Gallery to the MFA for $12,000. (Accession Date: June 7, 1923) NOTES:  Said to have been acquired by Lefèvre, by exchange, at the death of Millet's widow; see Manuel B. Cossio, "El Greco" (Madrid, 1908), p. 598, cat. no. 298.  Number 88 in Degas's posthumous inventory, according to a label affixed to the back of the painting.  Exhibited with other paintings from Heilbuth's collection at the Danish Museum of Fine Art ("Catalogue of a Collection of Paintings," Autumn, 1920), cat. no. 43. Many paintings from Heilbuth's collection were subsequently with Ehrich Brothers; see, for example, MFA accession no. 24.342.
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