1790 (?), bought in Paris by Henry Temple, 2nd Viscount Palmerston (b. 1739 - d. 1802), Broadlands, near Romsey, Hampshire, England [see note 1]; remained at Broadlands and passed by descent to Wilfred William Ashley, Baron Mount Temple (b. 1867 - d. 1939), Broadlands; to his daughter, Edwina Cynthia Annette Mounbatten (b. 1901 - d. 1960), Broadlands. 1949, sold by Joseph (probably Captain Vivian Joseph) to W.E. Duits, Ltd. on behalf of 17th Century Masters, Ltd., London; 1956, sold by Duits to the MFA for £5,000. (Accession Date: December 13, 1956) NOTES:  That the painting may have been bought in 1790 in Paris is according to Gerard Knuttel, Adriaen Brouwer: The Master and His Work (The Hague, 1962), p. 58. Palmerston is also known to have purchased a number of paintings during a visit to Paris in 1791. In his study Portrait of a Golden Age: Intimate Papers of the Second Viscount Palmerston, Courtier under George III (Boston, 1958), Brian Connell notes that Palmerston was buying and selling Dutch pictures--including works by Brouwer--even earlier, in the decade after his first Grand Tour (1763-1764).
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