Written in Alten's hand in graphite on the panel verso, A view taken/bayou at North Park, Grand Rapids, Mich./in year 1890/Mathias Alten (signature). This writing has often been mis-read as, A view taken beyond (sic) North Park. The mis-read word, however, is clearly, bayou. and not, beyond. Additionally, although the writing notes the year as 1890, the painting is clearly dated next to the artist's signature as '98.
Grand Valley Sate University
George and Barbara Gordon collection
Hefner Art Gallery
Mathias J. Alten: Journey of an American Painter
Gerdts, William H., M. Elizabeth Boone, Wendy Greenhouse and James A. Straub (Chronology), Mathias J. Alten: Journey of an American Painter (The Grand Rapids Art Museum, 1998)
Gerdts, William H., "Mathias J. Alten," American Art Review, December 1998.