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Provenance

Purchased from the artist in April 1872 by (Durand-Ruel, Paris); sold 7 May 1873 to Jean-Baptiste Faure [1830-1914], Paris; sold 28 February 1881 to (Durand-Ruel, Paris);[1] Jules F├ęder, Paris. Erwin Davis, New York; (his sale, New York, 19 March 1889, no. 62, as Before the Races). (Cottier and Co., London and New York); sold 1894 to Peter A.B. Widener [d. 1915], Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; Inheritance from the Estate of Peter A. B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park; gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1915
Loan Exhibition of Masterpieces of Old and Modern Painters, M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1915, no. 23
1982
Manet and Modern Paris, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1982-1983, no. 48, repro.
1998
Degas at the Races, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1998, no. 50, repro., as Before the Race.
2001
Degas and America: The Early Collectors", High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2001, no. 25, repro.
Bibliography
1915
Roberts, William. Pictures in the Collection of P.A.B. Widener at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania: British and Modern French Schools, Philadelphia, 1915: unpaginated, repro.
1923
Paintings in the Collection of Joseph Widener at Lynnewood Hall. Intro. by Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1923: unpaginated, repro.
1948
Paintings and Sculpture from the Widener Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1948 (reprinted 1959): 107, repro.
1962
Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds., Treasures from the National Gallery of Art, New York, 1962: 156, color repro.
1963
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1963 (reprinted 1964 in French, German, and Spanish): 325, repro.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 38.
1966
Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds. A Pageant of Painting from the National Gallery of Art. 2 vols. New York, 1966: 2:436, color repro.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 32, repro.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 96, repro.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 474, no. 699, color repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 118, repro.
1988
Pantazzi, Michael. In Degas, Exh. cat. Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988-1989:160 221-223, n. 9, repro.
1991
Loyrette, Henri. Degas. Paris, 1991: 751, no. 437.
1993
Kendall, Richard. Degas Landscapes. New Haven and London, 1993:112, repro.
1997
Kelder, Diane. The Great Book of French Impressionism, 1997: no. 268, repro.
1998
Degas at the Races. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1998: no. 50.