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Provenance

Edmond (1822-1896) and Jules (1830-1870) De Goncourt (Lugt 1089), Paris (their sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 15-17 February 1897, no. 349); purchased (via Brenot) by Camille Groult (1837-1908); by inheritance to his son, Jean Groult (1868-1951); by inheritance to his son, Pierre Bordeaux-Groult; (sale, Paris, Palais d'Orsay, 14 December 1979); private collection; purchased (via Wildenstein and Co., New York) by NGA, 1982.

Exhibition History
1984
Watteau, 1684-1721. National Gallery of Art, Washington and tour, 1984-1985, no. 70 (Margaret Morgan Grasselli).
1990
Gardens on Paper, Prints and Drawings, 1200-1900. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1990, no. 82 (Virginia Tuttle Clayton).
1999
"Watteau and His World: French Drawings from 1700 to 1750", The Frick Collection, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1999-2000, no. 9 (Alan Wintermute).
2009
Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 96-97, 280, 2009, no. 39 (color).
Bibliography
1875
Goncourt, Edmond de. Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, dessiné et gravé d'Antoine Watteau. Paris, 1875: 210.
1908
Fourcaud, L. de. "Antoine Watteau, peintre d'arabesques." Revue de l'Art Ancien et Moderne 24, no. 141 (December 1908): 439, note 1; vol. 25, no. 143 (February 1909): 131, note 2.
1913
Deshairs, L. "Les Arabesques de Watteau." Archives de l'Art Français. nouvelle serie 7(1913): 292.
1922
Dacier, E. and A. Vuaflart, Jean de Jullienne et les graveurs de Watteau au XVIIIe siécle.Paris, 1922, 2: 105; 3: 16, under no. 25.
1930
Parker, K.T. "The Drawings of Antoine Watteau in the British Museum." Old Master Drawings 5 (June 1930): 8, pl. 7.
1931
Parker, K.T. The Drawings of Antoine Watteau. London, 1931: 19 and note 1.
1950
Adhémar, Hélène and René Huyghe. Watteau--sa vie, son oeuvre. Paris, 1950: 204, under no. 25.
1957
Parker, K.T. and J. Mathey, Antoine Watteau, catalogue complet de son oeuvre dessiné. 2 vols. Paris, 1957, 1: no. 192.
1959
Mathey, J. Antoine Watteau. Peintures réapparues, inconnues ou négligées par les historiens... Paris, 1959: 45.
1970
Cormack, Malcolm. The Drawings of Watteau. London, 1970: 9, 20, no. 7.
1971
Zolotov, Youri. Antoine Watteau. Textes anciens. Moscow, 1971: opposite p. 54.
1984
Eidelberg, Martin P. "Gabriel Huquier. Friend or Foe of Watteau." The Print Collector's Newsletter 15 (November-December, 1984): 158, 164 note 8.
1984
Opperman, Hal. "The Countenance of Watteau." unpublished manuscript, 1984: 50.
1984
Roland Michel, Marianne. Watteau. Un artiste au XVIIIe siècle. Paris and London, 1984: 118, 128, 284.
1985
Börsch-Supan, Helmut. Watteau 1684-1721: Führer zur Ausstellung im Schloss Charlottenburg. Berlin, 1985: no. 56.
1985
Piché, Maurice. "Le Génie inventif de Watteau." Vie des Arts 29 (March 1985): 22.
1985
Sutton, Denys. "Antoine Watteau: Enigmatic Ironist." Apollo 121, no. 277 (March 1985): 150, pl. 1.
1986
Eidelberg, Martin P. Review of "Antoine Watteau 1684-1721." Master Drawings 22-24 (1986): 105.
1987
Grasselli, Margaret Morgan. "The Drawings of Antoine Watteau: stylistic development and problems of chronology." 3 vols. Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1987: 303-304, 409-410, no. 186, fig. 376.
1988
Opperman, Hal. Review of "Antoine Watteau 1684-1721." The Art Bulletin 20 (June 1988): 359.
1989
Fuhring, Peter. Design into Art: Drawings for Architecture and Ornaments, The Lodewijk Houthakker Collection. 2 vols. London and The Hague, 1989, 1: 74, under no. 52.
1991
Launay, Elizabeth. Les Frères Goncourt, collectionneurs de dessins. Paris, 1991: 375, pl. 10, fig. 31.
1993
Grasselli, Margaret Morgan. "Eighteen Drawings by Antoine Watteau. A Chronological Study." Master Drawings 31 (1993): 126 note 12.
1996
Rosenberg, Pierre and Louis-Antoine Prat. Antoine Watteau 1684-1721. Catalogue raisonné des dessins. Milan: Leonardo Editore, 1996, 1: no. 224.