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Provenance

Purchased in London 1876 by Henry Hill, Brighton; (his sale, Christie's, London, 25 May 1889, no. 28); purchased by Montaignac for (Michel Manzi [1849-1915], Paris); (Eugene Glaenzer [d. 1923], New York); sold 1903 to William Andrews Clark [1839-1925], New York; bequest 1926 to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2014 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History
1876
Deschamps Gallery, London, April 1876, no. 131.
1877
La 3e Exposition de Peinture [Third Impressionist Exhibition], Paris, 1877, no. 38.
1959
Loan Exhibition. Masterpieces of the Corcoran Gallery of Art: A Benefit Exhibition in Honor of the Gallery's Centenary, Wildenstein, New York, 1959, unnumbered catalogue, repro., as Ballet School.
1962
Seattle World's Fair, Fine Arts Pavillion, Seattle, 1962.
1978
Edgar Degar, Acquavella Galleries, New York, 1978.
1978
William A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 1978.
1983
La Vie Moderne: Nineteenth Century French Art from the Corcoran Gallery, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; Columbus Museum of Arts and Sciences, Georgia; Mary and Leigh Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Tampa Museum; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha; Akron Art Museum, 1983-1985, no. 41, repro., as School of Ballet (École de Danse).
1986
The New Painting: Impressionism 1874-1886, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1986.
1988
Degas, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Musée des Beaux-Arts du Canada; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988-1989.
1989
The William A. Clark Collection: Treasures of a Copper King, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings; Montana Historical Center, Helena, 1989, unnumbered catalogue, repro.
2001
Antiquities to Impressionism: The William A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 2001-2002, unnumbered catalogue, repro.
2002
Degas and the Dance, Detroit Institute of Arts; Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2002-2003.
2003
The Impressionist Tradition in America, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 19 July 2003-18 October 2004, unpublished checklist.
2004
Degas Classico e moderno,Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, 2004-2005, no. 26, repro.
2008
Degas: The Uncontested Master, National Gallery of Australia, 2008, no. 51, repro.
2011
Degas dancers at the barre: count and counterpoint, Phillips Collection, Washington, 2011-2012, no. 6, repro.
2014
Degas' Little Dancer, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2014-2015, no catalogue.
Bibliography
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): 184, no. 202.
1932
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Illustrated Handbook of The W.A. Clark Collection. Washington, 1932: repro. 32, 43, no. 2074, as École de Danse.
1946
Lemoisne, Paul André. Degas et son oeuvre. 4 vols. Paris, 1946-1949: 2(1946):216, no. 398, repro. 217.
1959
Corcoran Gallery of Art. Masterpieces of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 1959: 29, repro.