It was Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) who noted in his diary in 1902 that Goupil, London dealers, had sold 'Street in Chelsea' to the Boston collector in 1896. 1 It was lent by J. M. Sears to the Whistler Memorial exhibition in Boston in 1904 (cat. no. 10) and by Mrs J. M. Sears to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in October 1905. On J. M. Sears' death it passed by family descent to H. M. Sears, but it is not clear what happened to it after that. On his death in 1942, his collection was sold at auction by Parke-Bernet, New York, 17 October 1942, but this painting was not in the sale.
It reappeared in 1957 when it was lent by Knoedler's to an exhibition in Pittsburgh, Utica et al., 1957-1958 (cat. no. 48) and thereafter the provenance is straightforward.
1: , Diaries, Bk 12, Freer Gallery Archives.
Last updated: 22nd October 2020 by Margaret