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in artist's hand, lower center: par la [parle? porte? pour?] Raison; in later hand, lower right in brown ink: La Hire; inscribed in another hand, apparently German nineteenth-century, in graphite across the bottom of the mount: [illeg.] van Suchtelen, Chevalier de Damery (Paris, 18. Jh) u. J.B. Glomy (Paris 19. Jh); verso, at center in brown ink: Charlottegarrault; and in another hand in brown ink at lower right: Damery/1757


Chevalier de Damery [d. 1803] (Lugt 2862), Paris; J. B. de Graaf (Lugt 1120), Amsterdam; J. P. van Suchtelen (Lugt 2332), Saint Petersburg; unidentified collector (PB with crown in red-brown on recto, Lugt undescribed); (Dorotheum, Vienna, sale, June 2, 1964, no. 270. pl. 97); Julius S. Held, Old Bennington, Vermont; purchased 1984 by NGA.

Exhibition History
Selections from the Drawing Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Julius S. Held, University Art Gallery, Binghamton; traveling exhibition, 1970, no. 62.
One Hundred Master Drawings from New England Private Collections, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, 1973-1974, no. 17 (Frank Robinson).
Master Drawings from the Collection of Ingrid and Julius S. Held, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; traveling exhibition, 1979, no. 16.
From Fontainebleau to the Louvre: French Drawing from the Seventeenth Century, Cleveland Museum of Art, 1989, no. 86 (Hilliard Goldfarb).
Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2009, 58-59, 277, no. 20 (color).
Rosenberg, Pierre. French Master Drawings of the 17th and 18th Centuries in North American Collections. Exh. cat. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and elsewhere. London, 1972: 172.
Rosenberg, Pierre, and Jacques Thuillier. Laurent de La Hyre, 1606-1656. Cahiers du dessin français, no. 1. Paris, [1985]: no. 44.
Rosenberg, Pierre, and Jacques Thuillier. Laurent de La Hyre, 1606-1656: L'homme et l'oeuvre. Exh. cat. Musée de Grenoble and elsewhere (1989-1990). Geneva, 1988: no. 242.
Stein, Perrin. "French Drawings, Washington," The Burlington Magazine 102 (January 2010): 67.