Acquired from the artist by the Tate family, Rye, Suffolk, probably early 20th century; by descent to Miss Marion Yule Elford Tate (1887–1977), Rye, Suffolk, before 1977; bequeathed to the NGV, 1977.
 James Charles Tate (1853–1938), the patriarch of this family and a retired tobacco farmer, probably acquired this painting in the early 20th century. He and his wife Marion Morrison Tate (1852–1938) had three children, the eldest of which was Marion Yule Elford Tate (1887–1977). She outlived her siblings Evelyn Mary Elford Tate (1888–1974) and James Elford Tate (1892–1944). The family, along with James Charles Tate’s sister Georgina Sarah Tate (1857–1950) are buried together in Rye Cemetery, Suffolk.
Explication des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, graveur et lithographie…exposes a la Galerie des Machines, Paris, 1 May 1899, no. 1743, as À la mémoire des humbles, lent by the artist; unknown exhibition, Rouen, Paris (packing label on reverse), lent by the artist