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lightly incised on shell between figure's legs: CD [or (A)] / CARPEAUX / ROMA 18[5 or 6]7


Sold by the artist, possibly before February 1862, to Napoléon III [1808-1873], but officially identified as owned by his wife Eugénie [1826-1920]; installed at the Palais des Tuileries, Paris;[1] taken by the imperial family as private property to their first residence in exile in England, Chislehurst, probably by summer 1871; bequeathed by Eugénie as part of the family estate at her final English residence, The Hall, Farnborough (Hampshire), to her nephew, Prince Napoléon Victor Jérôme Bonaparte [1862-1926]; sold privately before the estate sales of July 1927 to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris);[2] (Duveen Galleries, New York, by January 1941);[3] sold 1941 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; placed on loan March 1941 to the National Gallery of Art;[4] gift 1943 to NGA.

Exhibition History
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1861.
Villa Medici, Rome, 1861.
Salon, Paris, 1863, no. 2273, as Pêcheur napolitain à la coquille.
Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1867, no. 647, as Pêcheur napolitain.
The One Hundred and Third Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1871, no. 1263, as Le pêcheur napolitain.
Exhibition of Sculpture, Duveen Galleries, New York, 1941.
Nineteenth-Century Sculpture, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1974, unnumbered checklist, as Pêcheur à la coquille (Fisherboy with a Shell).
The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux [New York title], Carpeaux, 1827-1875. Un sculpteur pour l'empire [Paris title], The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 2014, no. 25, repro.
Chesneau, Ernest. Le Statuaire J.-B. Carpeaux, sa vie, son oeuvre. Paris, 1880: 68.
Lami, Stanislas. Dictionnaire des sculpteurs de l'école française au dix-neuvième siècle vol. 1. Paris, 1914-1921: 255, 263.
Mabille de Poncheville, André. Carpeaux inconnu. Brussels and Paris, 1921: 186-192, 213.
Clément-Carpeaux, Louise. La Vérité sur l'oeuvre et la vie de J.-B. Carpeaux. 2 vols. Paris, 1934-1935: 102, 109, 125, 136, 151.
Paintings and Sculpture from the Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1945 (reprinted 1947, 1949): 204, repro.
Seymour, Charles. Masterpieces of Sculpture from the National Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1949: 183-184, no. 55, repro. 166.
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 458, repro.
Canaday, John. "The Rodin Revolution." New York Times Magazine (9 June 1963): 36, repro.
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 147.
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 131, repro.
Hoffman, Edith. "Current and Forthecoming Exhibitions: Carpeaux." The Burlington Magazine 67 (1974): 320-323.
Olander, William. "A Console Table by Dalou." Museum News 17 (1974): 44, repro. fig. 18.
Avery, Charles. In Middeldorf, Ulrich. Sculptures from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools XIV-XIX Century. London, 1976: 115-117, figs. 193, 197-198, as Fisherboy with a Sea Shell.
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 646, no. 1021, repro.
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 43, repro.
Norman Herz, Katherine A. Holbrow and Shelley G. Sturman. "Marble Sculture in the National Gallery of Art: a Provenance Study." In Max Schvoerer, ed. Archéomatériaux: marbres et autres roches: ASMOSIA IV, Bordeaux, France 9-13 october 1995: actes de la IVème Conférence international de l’Association pour l’étude des marbres et autres roches utilizes dans le passé. Talence, 1999: 101-110.
Butler, Ruth, and Suzanne Glover Lindsay, with Alison Luchs, Douglas Lewis, Cynthia J. Mills, and Jeffrey Weidman. European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000: 66-75, color repro.
Poletti, Michel and Alain Richarme. Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux sculpteur. Catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre édité. Paris and Angers, 2003:63.
Daniel Katz Ltd. Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux: an important pair of marbles (text by Sophie Richard). Exh. brochure. London, 2012: repro. 15, fig.8.