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signed(?) at lower right: f. Boucher f.

Provenance

Inheritance from the Estate of Peter A. B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, 1942.

Exhibition History
1909
National Loan Exhibition. Grafton Galleries, London, 1909, no. 71.
1973
François Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings. National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Washington, 1973, no. 93 (Regina Slatkin).
1997
Six Centuries/Six Artists, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1997 (no cat.).
2009
Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2009, 132-133, 283, no. 57 (color).
Bibliography
1877
Portalis, Baron Roger de. Les dessinateurs d'illustrations au 18e siècle. 2 parts in 4 vols. Paris, 1877, 1 (pt. 1), 40 (all Metamorphoses drawings).
1880
Goncourt, Edmond and Jules de. L'Art du XVIIIe siècle. 2 vols. Paris, 1880-1882, 1: 203-204.
1900
Drawings by François Boucher, J.-H. Fragonard and Antoine Watteau in the Collection of J.P. Heseltine. London, 1900: no. 11.

1906
Michel, André, Louis Soullié, and Charles Masson. François Boucher: Catalogue raisonné de l'eouvre peint et dessiné. Paris [1906]: nos. 453, 2569.
1912
Cohen, Henri. Guide de l'amateur de livres à gravures de XVIIIe siècle.6th ed., rev. and augmented by Seymour de Ricci. Paris, 1912: col. 772 (all Metamorphoses drawings).

1913
Dessins de l'école français du XVIIIe siècle, provenant de la Collection Heseltine. Paris, 1913: no. 5.

1923
Ricci, Seymour de. The Roederer Library of French Books, Prints, and Drawings of the 18th Century. Philadelphia, 1923: 21 (all Metamorphoses drawings).

1962
Mongan, Agnes. Great Drawings of All Time, Vol 3, French Drawings, Thirteenth Century to 1919. Edited by Ira Moskowitz. New York, 1962: no. 697.

1964
Valléry-Radot, Jean. French Drawings, Fifteenth Century through Géricault. New York, 1964: 94, pl. 62.
1976
Ananoff, Alexandre, and Daniel Wildenstein. François Boucher. 2 vols. Lausanne and Paris, 1976: 2:158, no. 481(9), fig. 1351.
1978
Jean-Richard, Pierrette. L'Oeuvre grave de Francois Boucher, dans la Collection Edmond de Rothschild. Paris, 1978: no. 1562.

1992
Jacoby, Beverly Schreiber. "Boucher's Late Brown Chalk Composition Drawings." Master Drawings 30, no. 3 (Autumn 1992): 259, 261, 271, 281 note 6, no. 10, fig. 5.
2003
Joulie, Françoise, and Jean-François Méjanès. François Boucher: Hier et aujourd'hui. Exh. cat. Musée du Louvre. Paris, 2003: 151, 153, under no. 76.