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Inscription

lower left: Amedee Van Loo. / 1764

Provenance

Princess Anna Amalie of Prussia [1723-1787] (or possibly Princess Luise Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg [1722-1780]);[1] by descent to Emperor Wilhelm II [1859-1941], great-great-great grandnephew of Anna Amalie (great-great-great grandson of Luise Amalie);[2] (Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Paris, New York, and London); sold 1929 to Robert W. [d. 1935] and Florence Steuber Gaines Harkness [d. 1945] Schuette, New York;[3] gift 1945 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1900
Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900, no. 16.
1929
18th Century French Art, Wildenstein's, New York, 1929
1935
French Painting and Sculpture of the XVIII Century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1935-1936, no. 40, repro.
1940
Masterpieces of Art. European & American Paintings 1500-1900, New York World's Fair, 1940, no. 209, repro.
2001
Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2001-2002, no. 243, as The Camera Obscura.
Bibliography
1948
Wildenstein and Company. French XVIII Century Paintings. New York, 1948: 4
1963
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1963 (reprinted 1964 in French, German, and Spanish): 317, repro.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 76.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 67, repro.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 198, repro.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 334, no. 448, color repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 417, repro.
2009
Conisbee, Philip, et al. French Paintings of the Fifteenth through the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2009: no. 89, 420-426, color repro.
2010
Calabrese, Omar. L'art du trompe-l'oeil. Translated from the Italian by Jean-Philippe Follet. Paris, 2010: 299, color fig. 227.