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Inscription

by the artist in pen and gray ink at lower left: ballet des fée rivalles italiens

Provenance

M. Pérignon (his sale, Paris, 30-31 May 1864); his son, A. Pérignon (his sale, Paris, 17-23 May 1865, no. 141). Private collection (sale, Paris, 20-21 May 1873, no. 127). M. Audouin, by 1877. (Thomas Agnew and Sons, London); The Hon. Irwin Boyle Laughlin, 1917, Washington, D.C.; his wife, Therese Iselin Laughlin, Washington, D.C., 1941; their daughter, Gertrude Laughlin Chanler, New York, 1958; gift to NGA, 2000.

Exhibition History
1982
Eighteenth Century Drawings from the Collection of Mrs. Gertrude Laughlin Chanler, NGA, Washington, D.C., 1982, no. 20.
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, 2009, 152-153, 284, no. 65 (color; recto and verso).
Bibliography
1877
Portalis, Baron Roger. Les dessinateurs d'illustrations au 18e siècle. 2 parts in 4 vols. Paris, 1877, 2 (pt. 1): 568.
1880
Goncourt, Edmond and Jules de. L'Art du XVIIIe siècle. 2 vols. Paris, 1880-1882, 1: 448 note 1.
1924
Sharp, C. J. and A. P. Oppé. The Dance, An Historical Survey of Dancing in Europe. London, 1924: pl. 51.
1929
Dacier, Émile. Gabriel de Saint-Aubin, peintre, dessinateur et graveur. 2 vols. Paris, 1929-1931, 2: 137, no. 774.
2003
Grasselli, Margaret Morgan. Review of Jon Whiteley, Catalogue of the Collection of Drawings in the Ashmolean Museum, vol. 7, French School, Master Drawings 41, no. 1, Spring, 2003: 66 (under no. 827), 68 note 14.