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verso, across bottom in pen and dark brown ink in a nineteenth-century hand: vente Randon de Boisset no. 3420 du catalogue/vente Eugene Tondu, followed by words that have been obliterated; in graphite below that in a different hand, barely visible: Vente Randon de Boisset/no du Cat 342/Vente [illeg.]; in brown ink at lower right in a different hand: [erased] at Marquis of/Lansdown's [erased] and numbered 32

Provenance

Paul Randon de Boisset (1706-1776)(sale, Paris, 27 February 1777, no. 342); to chevalier Lambert (sale, 27 March 1787, no. 232); to J.-B.-P. Le Brun (sale, 11 April 1791, no. 303); to Walton. Possibly Eugène Tondu (sale, 24-25 March 1865, no. 59); possibly Henri Duval (sale, Paris, 6 May 1868, no. 9); to Monseaux. Marquesses of Lansdowne, London and Bowood (not in the sale of the 6th Marquess, Sotheby's, London, 25 March 1920). Wildenstein & Co., New York; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Francis Avnet, Palm Beach, Florida; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Weingrow (sale, Christie's, London, 11 April 1978, no. 160); to Robert H. and Clarice Smith, Washington, DC; gift to NGA in 1980.

Exhibition History
1957
Exposicion de Dibujos del Rinascimento al Siglo XX [venue unknown], Caracas, 1957, no. 6.
1957
François Boucher, 1703-1770: Prints and Drawings, Charles E. Slatkin Gallery, New York, 1957, no. 20, pl. XVIII.
1968
Old Master Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Francis Avnet, Norton Gallery and School of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, and elsewhere (traveling exhibition organized by the American Federation of the Arts), 1968, no. 5.
1973
François Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings. National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Art Institute of Chicago. 1973, no. 12 (Regina Slatkin).
1982
François Boucher, The Metopolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, and The Kumamoto Prefectual Museum of Art, 1982, no 118.
1997
Six Centuries/Six Artists, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1997 (no. cat.).
2003
The Drawings of François Boucher, The Frick Collection, New York; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 2003-2004, 34-35, 200-201, 241-242, 250-251, no. 77 (Alastair Laing).
2009
Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2009, 126-127, 282-283, no. 54 (color).
Bibliography
1906
Michel, André, Louis Soullié, and Charles Masson. François Boucher. Catalogue raisonné de L'Oeuvre peint et dessiné. Paris [1906]: nos. 1299, 1302.

1974
Williams, Eunice. Review of François Boucher in North American Collections. Master Drawings 12, no. 2 (Summer 1974): 174.
1978
Jean-Richard, Pierrette. L'Oeuvre gravé de François Boucher dans La Collection Edmond de Rothschild au Musée du Louvre. Paris, 1978: under no. 639.
1982
Grayson, Marion Lou. Fragonard & His Friends: Changing Ideals in Eighteenth Century Art. Exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1982-1983: under no. 42.
1987
Roland Michel, Marianne. Le Dessin français au XVIIIe siècle. Paris, 1987: 28, pl. 15 (in color).