Inscription

on back on bottom edge: A. HOUDON, F. AN. 1777

Provenance

By inheritance to the sitter's great-nephew, Baron Jérome Pichon; (his sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, 29 March-10 April 1897, no. 1009); Joseph Bardac, Paris;[1] (Galerie Seligmann, Paris); sold 21 February 1911 to Peter A.B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania;[2] gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1935
French Painting and Sculpture of the XVIII Century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1935-1936, no. 104, repro.
1974
Nineteenth-Century Sculpture, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1974, unnumbered checklist.
1996
Obras Maestras de la National Gallery of Art de Washington, Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City, 1996-1997, unnumbered catalogue, 92-93, color repro.
1997
The Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory: Alexandre Brongniart and the Triumph of Art and Industry, 1800-1847, The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, New York, 1997-1998, not in cat., mentioned 25-26.
2003
Exhibition of children's portraits held in conjunction with Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828): Sculptor of the Enlightenment, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2003-2004, no cat.
Bibliography
1870
Liepmannssohn and Dufour, eds. Collection des livrets des anciennes expositions depuis 1673 jusqu'en 1800: Exposition de 1777. Paris, 1870: 44-45.
1919
Giacometti, Georges. Le statuaire Jean-Antoine Houdon: et son epoque (1741-1828) 3 vols. Paris, 1919:2: 15.
1928
Vitry, Paul. "L'éxposition du centenaire de Houdon à Versailles." La Revue de l'art ancien et moderne 53 (1928): 57-70.
1931
Maillard, Elisa. Houdon. Paris, 1931: 28-29. repro. 16.
1935
Preston, Remington. "French Painting and Sculpture of the XVIII Century." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 30 (1935): 206-215.
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 8, as Alexandre Brongniard as a Boy.
1948
Paintings and Sculpture from the Widener Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1948 (reprinted 1959): 139, repro., as Alexandre Brongniard.
1949
Seymour, Charles. Masterpieces of Sculpture from the National Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1949: 183, note 52, repro. 160-162.
1957
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Comparisons in Art: A Companion to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. London, 1957 (reprinted 1959): pl. 94 [possibly 1942.9.125].
1961
Seligman, Germain. Merchants of Art: 1880-1960, Eighty Years of Professional Collecting. New York, 1961: 13, repro. pl. 21.
1964
Réau, Louis. Houdon: Sa vie et son oeuvre. Paris, 1964: 26-27, 95, 412-413, no. 92, fig. 43.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 158.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 140, repro.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 645, no. 1019, repro., as Alexandre Brongniard.
1993
Sporre, Dennis J. The Creative Impulse: An Introduction to the Arts. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1993: 359, repro. 360.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 109, repro.
1999
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.