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Inscription

stamped in the wax positive on lower left shoulder, in incised circle: M.L.G. [Maurice Le Garrec]; cold-stemped on bottom rim at front left: 2192-I; cold-stamped inside, front center, in incised circle: 3/25

Provenance

Sold 12 March 1940 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 Pelet de la Lozère.
1964
Lithography and Sculpture of Daumier, Realist and Satirist, The Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 1964, unnumbered brochure, as Barbé-Marbois?.
1969
Daumier Sculpture: A Critical and Comparative Study, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1969, no. 34c, as Unknown ("Pelet de la Lozère").
1974
Nineteenth-Century Sculpture, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1974, unnumbered checklist, as Bust of an Unknown Man, called "Pelet de la Lozère".
1999
Daumier: 1808-1879, Natl. Gal. of Canada, Ottawa; Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Phillips Coll., Washington, D.C., 1999-2000, no. 44b, repro., as Lucas or Vigo?, usually identified as Pelet de La Lozère (shown only in Washington).
Bibliography
1952
Gobin, Maurice. Daumier Sculpteur, 1808-1879. Geneva, 1952: no. 13.
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: 56, 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: 129-131, color repro.