lower left: A. Monticelli / 1855
 Although the painting is dated, the date may be spurious, because the style of the painting fits exactly that which the artist began to use in 1860/1861. This information is recorded on the Corcoran accession record sheet, and comes from 1978 comments by Aaron Sheon, of the Department of Fine Arts, University of Pittsburgh. Sheon, in a letter of 10 May 1978 to Corcoran curator Edward Nygren, wrote: "I feel quite certain that your 'Return from the Hunt' is the painting Monticelli exhibited in the Salon in Marseilles in 1861, with the same title. The date of 1860-61 corresponds perfectly with the style of your picture, and not at all with his early paintings from the mid-1850s." The accession record sheet and letter are in NGA curatorial files.
Commissioned by Léon Chave [1822-1899], Marseille; by inheritance to the Chave family, Marseille; sold c. 1914 to William A. Clark [1839-1925], New York; bequest April 1926 to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art.
- Probably Salon de Marseilles, 1861.
- The William A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 26 April - 16 July 1978, unnumbered catalogue.
- The William A. Clark Collection: Treasures of a Copper King, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings; Montana Historical Center, Helena, 1989, unnumbered checklist.
- Carroll, Dana H. Catalogue of Objects of Fine Art and Other Properties at the Home of William Andrews Clark, 962 Fifth Avenue. Part I. Unpublished manuscript, n.d. (1925): 199, no. 246.