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on flat surface above the hand: OFFERTE / A MADAME ELYSABETH MERRILL / EN SOUVENIR DE SA FILLE / SALLY HICKS / CROSWELL; on flat surface below the hand: A. RODIN


Gift 1908 from the artist to Elizabeth Musgrave Croswell Merrill [Mrs. Charles M. Croswell, later Mrs. Thomas D. Merrill, 1853-1928], Duluth, Minnesota; by inheritance to her daughter, Elizabeth Merrill Hubbard Furness [Mrs. William Coit Hubbard, later Mrs. Thomas F. Furness, 1898-1986], Chicago, and Middleburg, Virginia; gift 1982 to NGA.

Exhibition History
Twentieth Century American Sculpture: Inspired by Rodin, The White House, Washington, D.C., 1998-1999.
Grappe, Georges. Catalogue du Musée Rodin. Paris, 1927: 102.
Grappe, Georges. Catalogue du Musée Rodin. 5th ed. Paris, 1944: 124.
Barbier, Nicolle. Marbres de Rodin: collection du musée. Paris, 1987: 82-83.
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 205, repro.
Butler, Ruth, and Suzanne Glover Lindsay, with Alison Luchs, Douglas Lewis, Cynthia J. Mills, and Jeffrey Weidman. European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000: 388-391, color repro.
Parshall, Peter, et al. The Darker Side of Light: Arts of Privacy, 1850-1900. Exh. cat., Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. Washington, D.C., 2009: 138, 140 fig. 5.