About 1920-1930, sale of a private collection, Fifth Avenue Auction Rooms, New York [see note 1]. By 1946, John Nicholson Gallery, New York; 1947, sold by John Nicholson Gallery to the MFA for $1200. (Accession Date: March 13, 1947) NOTES:  In a letter to the MFA (March 17, 1947), John Nicholson wrote "Regarding the Tivoli, the only thing that I have been able to find out is that this picture was sold from a private collection which included several paintings by Corot, in the 'Fifth Avenue Auction Rooms,' Auctioneer, Mr. Hartman, between twenty and twenty-five years ago." The painting was probably attributed to Corot at this time; in a letter to the MFA (December 17, 1946) John Nicholson wrote that he had purchased it as a Corot. It was later attributed to Pierre Valenciennes.
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