In the first quarter of the nineteenth century Montmartre was still a picturesque suburb of Paris, where about forty windmills could be seen. Michel loved this stretch of land and painted many views of it throughout his career. The detailed observation and the rather precise technique of this picture suggest that it was done around 1820.
William H. Fuller, New York (until 1898; his sale, American Art Association, New York, February 25, 1898, no. 26, for $1,700 to Huntington); Collis P. Huntington, New York (1898–d. 1900; life interest to his widow, Arabella D. Huntington, later [from 1913] Mrs. Henry E. Huntington, 1900–d. 1924; life interest to their son, Archer Milton Huntington, 1924–terminated in 1925)
Bryson Burroughs. "The Collis P. Huntington Collection Comes to the Museum." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 20 (June 1925), p. 142.
Five Centuries of European Painting. Exh. cat., Arkansas Arts Center. Little Rock, 1963, p. 36, ill. [not in exhibition], notes the influence of Rembrandt.
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. 1, ill., date it about 1820.
Artist: Georges Michel (French, Paris 1763–1843 Paris) Date: n.d.Medium: black chalk with touches of gray wash and watercolor (recto); pen and ink over black chalk with gray wash (verso)Accession: 1997.455a, bOn view in:Not on view