Inscription

lower right: COROT

Provenance

I. de La Rochenoire, by 1875.[1] Alexandre Dumas [1824-1895]; (his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 16 February 1882, no. 13, as La Lecture, figure). (Dumas sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 12-13 May 1892, no. 22).[2] (Dumas sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 2-3 March 1896, no. 12). Gaillard collection, by 1905.[3] Ferdinand Blumenthal [d. 1914], Paris; [4] his son Count Cecil Pecci-Blunt [d. 1965], Paris, until at least 1946.[5] (Wildenstein & Co., New York); sold 27 January 1960 to Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; gift 1985 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1875
Exposition de l'oeuvre de Corot, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1875, no. 135
1929
Exposition d'oeuvres de Camille J.-B. Corot, Galerie Rosenberg, Paris, 1929, no. 44
1936
Exposition Corot, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 1936, no. 92
1941
Probably The Functions of Color in Painting, Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington, 1941, no. 13.
1946
Exhibition of Paintings by Corot, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1946, no. 60, repro.
1966
French Paintings from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1966, no. 4, repro.
1986
Gifts to the Nation: Selected Acquisitions from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1986, unnumbered checklist, repro.
2011
Corot: L'Armoire Secrète, Eine Lesende im Kontext, Sammlung Oskar Reinhart "Am Römerholz", Winterthur, 2011, no. 19, repro.
Bibliography
1905
Robaut, Alfred, and Etienne Moreau-Nélaton. L'Oeuvre de Corot. Catalogue raisonné et illustré. 5 vols. Paris, 1905: 3:116-117, no. 1570, repro.
1930
Bernheim de Villers, G. C. Corot peintre de figures. Paris, 1930: 68-70, no. 269, repro.
1946
Marceau, Henri. "Corot." Art News (May 1946): 32.
2000
Eitner, Lorenz. French Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I: Before Impressionism. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000: 75-78, color repro.
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