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Provenance

(Sale, Gottfried von Preyer, Vienna, 1902). purchased c. 1902 by William A. Clark [1839-1925], New York, as Gerard Dou; bequest 1926 to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2014 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History
1908
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 1908-1909, no catalogue.
1978
The William A. Clark Collection: An exhibition marking the 50th Anniversary of the installation of The Clark Collection at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, no checklist.
2005
Amorous Intrigues and Painterly Refinement: The Art of Frans van Mieris, Royal Picture Gallery, Mauritshuis, The Hague; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2005-2006, no. 3, as The Lesson (shown only in Washington).
Bibliography
1901
Martin, Wilhelm. Het Leven en de werken van Gerrit Dou. Leiden, 1901: 145 n. 1.
1911
Martin, Wilhelm. Gérard Dou, sa vie et son oeuvre: Etude sur la peinture hollandaise et les marchands au dix-septième siècle. Paris, 1911: 140, n. 1.
1925
Carroll, Dana H. Catalogue of Objects of Fine Art and Other Properties at the Home of William Andrews Clark, 962 Fifth Avenue. Part I. Unpublished manuscript, n.d. (1925): 176, no. 183, as The Lesson, Gerard Dou.
1928
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Illustrated Handbook of the W.A. Clark Collection. Washington, 1928: 41.
1932
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Illustrated Handbook of the W. A. Clark Collection. Washington, 1932: 44.
1955
Breckenridge, James D. A handbook of Dutch and Flemish paintings in the William Andrews Clark collection. Washington, 1955: 14, repro., as Studio of Gerard Dou, The Lesson.
1968
Wilson, Patricia Boyd. "The Lesson." Christian Science Monitor (31 August 1968): The Home Forum: repro.
1981
Naumann, Otto. Frans van Mieris (1635-1681), the Elder. 2 vols. Doornspijk, 1981: 1:38, 43-44, 122, 2:11, no. 6, pl. 6.
1986
Sutton, Peter C. A Guide to Dutch Art in America. Washington and Grand Rapids, 1986: 300.
2006
Franits, Wayne E. Pieter de Hooch: A woman preparing bread and butter for a boy. Getty Museum Studies on Art. Los Angeles, 2006: 26 fig. 21.