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Inscription

stamped in the wax positive on lower left shoulder, in incisedcircle: M.L.G [Maurice Le Garrec]; incised on bottom rim at front center: 3/25 F; cold-stamped inside, in incised circle: 3/25

Provenance

Sold 1 July 1930 through (Charles Sessler, Philadelphia) to Lessing Julius Rosenwald, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania;[1] gift 1943 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1960
Honoré Daumier, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1960, no cat., as Rieur édenté.
1961
Impressionism in Sculpture, traveling exhibition organized by The American Federation of Arts, 9 venues, 1961-1962, as Le rieur édenté.
1969
Daumier Sculpture: A Critical and Comparative Study, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1969, no. 35c, repro., as Unknown, Le Rieur édenté (Toothless Laughter).
1974
Nineteenth-Century Sculpture, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1974, unnumbered checklist, as Bust of an Unknown Man, "Le Rieur Edenté (Toothless Laughter).
1999
Daumier: 1808-1879, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 1999-2000, no. 36b, repro., as Philipon (shown only in Washington).
Bibliography
1952
Gobin, Maurice. Daumier Sculpteur, 1808-1879. Geneva, 1952: no. 12.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 150, as one of The Deputies, complete set of 36 bronze busts.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 58, repro.
2000
Butler, Ruth, and Suzanne Glover Lindsay, with Alison Luchs, Douglas Lewis, Cynthia J. Mills, and Jeffrey Weidman. European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000: 173, 175-176, color repro.