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Inscription

printed on the verso in black ink, with blanks filled in in brown ink: Monsieur & Madame Charles Cosson / prient _Monsieur Ziem_/[blank printed line]/ de leur faire l'honneur de venir diner chez / eux le _mercredi 16 avril_ / 7 heures / 33, rue de Chateaudun; printed at lower left verso in black ink: Stern-Graveur; many doodles by Ziem in pen and ink around the margins, including the word "Monsieur" three times, and Granier-/Michel./Voiture/Benoit at right (sideways).

Marks and Labels

artist's atelier stamp in red, recto (Lugt 3707) and verso (Lugt 3708)

Provenance

(Paul Prouté, S.A., Paris); Joseph F. McCrindle [1923-2008], New York, 1989; 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: 176 (color).