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Inscription

lower center: frago

Provenance

Possibly (Dennoor sale, Le Brun, Paris, 5-7 April 1797, no. 73). Rothschild collections, probably Paris and London. Andrew W. Mellon [1855-1937], Pittsburgh and Washington, by 1934;[1] by inheritance to his daughter, Ailsa Mellon Bruce [1901-1969], New York; bequest 1970 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1933
Three French Reigns (Louis XIV, XV & XVI): Loan Exhibition in Aid of the Royal Northern Hospital, 25 Park Lane, London, 1933, no. 119, repro.
1934
Exhibition of French Painting from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Day, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1934, no. 28, repro.
1935
French Painting and Sculpture of the Eighteenth Century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1935-1936, no. 48, repro.
1982
Fragonard and His Friends: Changing Ideals in Eighteenth Century Art, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1982-1983, no. 21.
Bibliography
1960
Wildenstein, Georges. The Paintings of Fragonard. New York, 1960: no. 321, repro.
1972
Mandel, Gabriele. L'Opera completa di Fragonard. Milan, 1972: no. 345, repro.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 134, repro.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 338, no. 453, color repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 160, 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. 32, 167-172, color repro.