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Inscription

in black chalk at lower left: f. boucher; in brown ink on the old mount at upper left: 1; and at lower right: 114

Provenance

Peter Jones, Chester; Mr. Green; Basil Lewis Dighton [d. 1930], London; The Hon. Irwin Boyle Laughlin, Washington, D.C., 1918; his wife, Therese Iselin Laughlin, Washington, D.C., 1941; their daughter, Gertrude Laughlin Chanler, New York, 1958; gift to NGA, 2000.

Exhibition History
1973
François Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings, NGA, Washington, D.C., and The Art Institute of Chicago, 1973-1974, no. 20 (Regina Shoolman Slatkin).
1982
Eighteenth Century Drawings from the Collection of Mrs. Gertrude Laughlin Chanler, NGA, Washington, D.C., 1982, no. 1.
2000
Art for the Nation: Collecting for a New Century, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2000-2001, 180-181 (entry by Margaret Morgan Grasselli).
2000
Drawings and Prints from the Permanent Collection (Summer 2000), National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2000 (no catalogue).
2009
Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 118-119, 282, 2009, no. 50 (color).
Bibliography
1950
Schoolman, Regina, and Charles E. Slatkin. Six Centuries of French Master Drawings in America. New York, 1950: no. 34.
1962
Agnes Mongan. Great Drawings of All Time. Vol. 3: French, Thirteenth Century to 1919. Edited by Ira Moskowitz. New York, 1962: no. 694.
1964
Valléry-Radot, Jean. French Drawings, Fifteenth Century through Géricault. New York, 1964: pl. 58.
1967
Schneider, Pierre. The World of Watteau. New York, 1967: 135, repro.
1974
Williams, Eunice. Review of François Boucher in North American Collections, Master Drawings12, no. 2 (Summer 1974): 173.
1976
Ananoff, Alexandre, with Daniel Wildenstein. François Boucher. 2 vols. Lausanne and Paris, 1976: 1:221, no. 86 (1), fig. 368.
1986
Jacoby, Beverly Schreiber. François Boucher's Early Development as a Draughtsman, 1720-1734. New York, 1986: 12, 265, III.A.1 (reprod.) (Garland Press publication of Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, 1982).
1986
Laing, Alastair. François Boucher, 1703-1770. Exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Detroit Institute of Arts; Grand Palais, Paris, 1986-1987. New York, 1986: 136, 138, under no. 18.
1991
Bailey, Colin B. The Loves of the Gods, Mythological Painting from Watteau to David. Exh. cat., Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 1991-1992: 385-386, under nos. 43 and 44, 389, fig. 2.
2000
Grasselli, Margaret Morgan. "Gifts and Acquisitions: François Boucher Aurora." National Gallery of Art Bulletin 24 (2000): 6.
2003
Laing, Alastair. The Drawings of François Boucher. Exh. cat. Frick Collection, New York, and Kimbell Art Museum. New York, 2003: 17 (fig. 17), 28.