Stamped, lower right: J. F. Millet
1868/1874, Frédéric Hartmann, Paris (original commission) [see note 1]; May 7, 1881, Hartmann sale, Paris, lot 5. By 1887, Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston [see note 2]; 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 painting represents summer in a set of the Four Seasons commissioned by Hartmann in 1868. See Alexandra R. Murphy, "Jean-François Millet" (Boston: MFA, 1984), pp. 221-223, cat. no. 150.  E. Durand-Gréville, "La Peinture aux États-Unis," Gazette des Beaux-Arts 36 (1887): 68, mentions this painting in Shaw's collection (called "Récolte du sarrasin").
Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton