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incised at left rear of top of self-base: JBte Carpeaux (in cursive) / PARIS 1867. (in block letters)


Acquired by Empress Eugénie [1826-1920] by spring 1867,[1] and possibly placed at the Palais des Tuileries, Paris, with the Carpeaux, Neapolitan Fisherboy [NGA 1943.4.89]; 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); (Duveen Galleries, New York, by January 1941);[2] sold 1941 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; placed on loan March 1941 to the National Gallery of Art;[3] gift 1943 to NGA.

Exhibition History
Salon, Paris, 1867, no. 2165, as Jeune fille à la coquille.
The One Hundred and Third Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1871, no. 1262, as Jeune fille à la coquille.
Exhibition of Sculpture, Duveen Galleries, New York, 1941.
Nineteenth-Century Sculpture, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1974, unnumbered checklist.
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. 30, repro.
Lami, Stanislas. Dictionnaire des sculpteurs de l'école française au dix-neuvième siècle. Paris, 1914-1921: 1(1914): 265.
Clément-Carpeaux, Louise. La Vérité sur l'oeuvre et la vie de J.-B. Carpeaux. 2 vols. Paris, 1934-1935: 1:161-162.
Cortissoz, Royal. "Certain Figures in French Sculpture." New York Herald Tribune (5 January 1941): VI:8 (reprinted as Exh. cat., Duveen Galleries, New York, 1941).
Paintings and Sculpture from the Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1945 (reprinted 1947, 1949): 205, repro.
Seymour, Charles. Masterpieces of Sculpture from the National Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1949: 183-184, no. 54, repros. 165, 167.
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 459, repro.
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 148.
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 131, repro.
Avery, Charles. In Middeldorf, Ulrich. Sculptures from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools XIV-XIX Century. London, 1976: 115-117, figs. 194-196, as Young Girl with a Sea Shell.
Kocks, Dirk. Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. Rezeption und Originalität. Sankt-Augustin, Germany, 1981: 61-67, fig. 282.1982.
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 646, no. 1022, repro.
Perry, Marvin, Myrna Chase, James R. Jacob, Margaret C. Jacob, Theodore H. Von Laue and George W. Bock (eds.). Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics and Society 4th edition, vol. 2. Boston, 1992: repro. fig. 5.
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 42, 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: 75-79, color repro.
Daniel Katz Ltd. Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux: an important pair of marbles (text by Sophie Richard). Exh. brochure. London, 2012: repro. 15, fig. 7.