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Inscription

signed (?) in black chalk at lower right: f. Boucher; stenciled in brown ink at lower left: 34; numbered in pen and brown ink at lower left: 14-2(?); numbered in brown ink in the circular stamp of the ECOLE ACCADEMIQUE DE DESSINS D. ORLEANS: 49; verso, in pen and magenta ink at center left: [illeg.] 34 mai 1854, and in another hand in graphite at center: Academie par Francois Boucher; in pen and brown ink at lower left: T18a, with matting notes in graphite at center right

Provenance

Possibly Aignan-Thomas Desfriches (1715-1800), first director of the Academy of the Arts of Design, Orléans; École académique et pratique de peinture, sculpture, architecture et arts dépendants du dessein d'Orléans, founded 1786, which later became the École régionale des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans (sim. To L.Supp. 1999b; perhaps a version used before the Revolution); deaccessioned when the schools architectural drawings were transferred to the Musée d'Orléans in 1907. Maître Georges Ryaux, Paris, 1954; Charles E. Slatkin Gallery, New York; to David Daniels, New York (sale, Sotheby's, London, 25 April 1978, no. 80); to Robert H. and Clarice Smith, Washington; gift to NGA in 1980.

Exhibition History
1953
Figures nues d'école française. Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 1953, no. 20.
1957
François Boucher, 1703-1770: Prints and Drawings. Charles E. Slatkin Gallery, New York, 1957, no. 18.
1960
Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture from Three Private Collections. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1960, no. 9.
1968
Loan Exhibition: Selections from the Drawing Collection of David Daniels. Minneapolis Institute of Arts and tour, 1968, no. 22.
1973
François Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings. National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Art Institute of Chicago, 1973-1974, no. 68 (Regina Slatkin).
1973
The Male Nude. Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra Univeristy, Hempstead, NY, 1973, no. 29.
1976
Old Master Drawings from American Collections. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976, no. 153 (Ebria Feinblatt).
1997
Six Centuries/Six Artists, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1997 (no cat.).
2003
The Drawings of François Boucher. The Frick Collection, New York, and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 2003-2004, 106-107, 235, 246, no. 33 (Alastair Laing).
2009
Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2009, 122-123, 282, no. 52 (color).
Bibliography
1967
Slatkin, Regina Shoolman. Review of A. Ananoff, L'Oeuvre dessiné de Boucher, Master Drawings 5, no. 1 (Spring, 1967): 56, 65, note 20.
1968
Wallace Collection Catalogues: Pictures and Drawings. London, 1968: 41, under P485.
1974
Williams, Eunice. Review of François Boucher in North American Collections. Master Drawings 12, no. 2 (Summer 1974): 173.
1976
Ananoff, Alexandre, with Daniel Wildenstein. François Boucher. 2 vols. Lausanne and Paris, 1976: 2:111, 114, no. 422/10, fig. 1201.
1978
Davis, Frank. "Precision and Beauty." Country Life 163 (8 June 1978): 1624-1625, fig. 3.
1978
Jean-Richard, Pierrette. L'Oeuvre gravé de François Boucher dans la Collection Edmond de Rothschild au Musée du Louvre. Paris, 1978: 119, under no. 370.
1986
Brunel, Georges. Boucher. New York, 1986: 296.
1989
Ingamells, John. The Wallace Collection: Catalogues of Pictures. Vol. 3, French Before 1815. London, 1989: 72.
1992
Clements, Candace. "The Academy and the Other: Les Grâces and Le Genre Galant." Eighteenth-Century Studies 25, no. 4 (Summer 1992): 469ff, fig. 3.
2004
Hedley, Jo. François Boucher: Seductive Visions. Exh. cat. Wallace Collection. London, 2004: 112, reprod. 111, fig. 87.