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Inscription

in later hand, across center verso in graphite: fragonard / vente[octaval?]; across bottom verso in graphite: (4 lines in French)

Provenance

M. Marquiset; (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 28-29 April 1890, no. 90); M. Cournerie; (sale, Paris, 8-9 December 1891, no. 72); Lucien Guiraud, Paris; Richard Owen, Paris; purchased 1939 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; gift 1963 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1978
Drawings by Fragonard in North American Collections. National Gallery of Art, Washington and tour, 1978, no. 35.
1990
Gardens on Paper, Prints and Drawings, 1200-1900. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1990, no. 87.
1991
J.H. Fragonard e H. Robert a Roma. Villa Medici, Rome, 1990-1991, no. 163.
Bibliography
n.d.
Thomas Le Claire Kunsthandel. Master Drawings 1500-1900. Hamburg, n.d.: under no. 23.
1961
Ananoff, Alexandre. L'oeuvre dessiné de Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 - 1806). 4 vols. Paris, 1961-1970.
1977
Eisler, Colin. Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools Excluding Italian. Oxford, 1977: 336, dK548, fig. 299.
1987
Rosenberg, Pierre. Fragonard. Exh. cat. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1987: 363, fig. 3.