Alfred Sensier. Étude sur Georges Michel. Paris, 1873, ill. opp. p. 35 (engraving without caption), illustrates what may be this picture, although what appears to be a group of cattle or perhaps shrubs in the right foreground have been omitted.
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. Diary entry. June 21, 1880 [published in "The Diaries 1871–1882 of Samuel P. Avery Art Dealer", Ed. Madeleine Fidell-Beaufort et al. New York, 1979, p. 576], notes that Durand-Ruel gave this picture to the Museum.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, XIX Century. New York, 1966, p. 2, ill., as "The Old Château," probably painted in the artist's last period, after 1827; note that Sensier, Michel's biographer, mentions as subjects typical of this period, "seigneurial manor houses in the wide, cultivated plains of Brie, illuminated with rays of the pale light of November" [see A. Sensier, Étude sur Georges Michel, Paris, 1873, p. 61].
Isabelle Gaëtan and Monique Nonne in Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market. Ed. Sylvie Patry. Exh. cat., Musée du Luxembourg, Paris. London, 2015, p. 215 [French ed., "Paul Durand-Ruel: le Pari de l'Impressionnisme," Paris, 2014, p. 200, with date of July 20, 1880], state that Durand-Ruel presented the picture to the MMA on June 19, 1880.