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Inscription

by artist in pen and brown ink on separate sheet: The woman that was (underlined) / Monsieur le Maréchal (who during the forties was / a dashing young military attaché at the French Embassy / in London): / "Ah, Duchess! and do you remember ze so / beautiful young lady Mary-Gwendolen Vere de Vere, zat / everybody went mad about ven I was in England? / Ven I tink of 'er, my earrt beat even now!" / The Duchess (née Mary-Gwendolen Vere de Vere): / "oh yes, Monsieur le Maréchal_I remember her only / too well!" / M. le Maréchal: "Vat 'as become ov 'er, Madame la / Duchess?" / Her Grace (with a sigh): "Elle n'est plus!"

Provenance

Joseph F. McCrindle [1923-2008], New York; Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, 2008; gift to NGA, 2009.

Bibliography
2012
Grasselli, Margaret M., and Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., eds. The McCrindle Gift: A Distinguished Collection of Drawings and Watercolors. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art. Washington, 2012: 169 (color).