Lower left, on letter: G M A f
March 17-19, 1840, probably Lebreton sale, Paillet, Paris, lot 33, sold for 2000 fr. [see note 1]. Probably acquired in France by Francis Brooks (b. 1824 - d. 1891), Boston [see note 2]; 1883, gift of Brooks to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 3, 1883) NOTES:  See Adriaan E. Waiboer, "Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667): Life and Work" (Ph.D. diss., New York University, 2007), pp. 823-825, cat. no. B-4.  The stretcher and frame of the painting were once mended with French newspaper, suggesting the painting was in a collection in France, where Brooks is known to have acquired other paintings.
Gift of Francis Brooks