On ledge, lower right: A 1647
Until 1850, Lieutenant Général Comte Despinoy (Comte Hyacinthe François Joseph d'Espinoy); January 14-February 9, 1850, Despinoy sale, at his home, Versailles, lot 327 [see note 1]. Until 1901, Marquis de Biencourt, Château Azay-le-Rideau, France; May 13-14, 1901, Azay-le-Rideau sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 92 [see note 2], to Montagnac, possibly buying for Alfred de Chaignon des Lans [see note 3]; Alfred de Chaignon des Lans, Paris; sold by Alfred de Chaignon des Lans to Pierre de Chaignon la Rose (b. 1871 - d. 1942), Cambridge, MA; February 23, 1905, sold by Pierre de Chaignon la Rose to Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA; 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross. (Accession date: March 8, 1906) NOTES:  Sold as a portrait of Arnauld-Robert d'Andilly.  Sold as a portrait of Arnauld d'Andilly.  In a letter of January 31, 1924 in the MFA curatorial files, Pierre de Chaignon la Rose wrote that the painting "belonged for at least three quarters of the 19th century to the Biencourt family and was part of the collection of the late Marquis de Biencourt at Azay le Rideau. At the death of a M. du Biencourt ... the collection was dispersed and the portrait was bought, through a dealer, by a cousin of mine in Paris and later, came into my own possession."
Denman Waldo Ross Collection