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Inscription

by later hand, lower center verso in graphite: III: 5JNB

Provenance

M. H. Dreux (sale, Paris, 3 - 4 February 1870, no. 43); M. J. F. Mahérault (sale, Paris, 27-29 May 1880, no. 52); M. Lemarié; Marius Paulme (Lugt 1910) (sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 13 May 1929, no. 82, pl. 55); (Richard Owen, London); John Nicholas Brown, Providence, RI, 1929; (David Tunick, New York); purchased 1991 by NGA.

Exhibition History
1921
Exposition de dessins de Fragonard, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1921, no. 181.
1931
French Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1931, no. 13.
1934
French Drawings and Prints of the 18th Century, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 1934, no. 13.
1958
French Drawings from American Collections, Clouet to Matisse. Boymans Museum, Rotterdam; Musée de L'Orangerie, Paris; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1958 - 1959. no. 44, pl. 70.
1962
Forty Master Drawings from the Collection of John Nicholas Brown, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 1962, no. 9.
1968
France in the Eighteenth Century, Royal Academy, London, 1968, no. 252.
1978
Drawings by Fragonard in North American Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge; The Frick Collection, New York, 1978 - 1979, no. 7 (Eunice Williams).
1990
J. H. Fragonard e H. Robert a Roma, Villa Medici, Rome, 1990-1991, no. 74.
1992
Dürer to Diebenkorn: Recent Acquisitions of Art on Paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1992, 33, 43, no. 32.
2000
Art for the Nation: Collecting for a New Century, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2000-2001, 190-191 (entry by Margaret Morgan Grasselli).
2009
Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2009, 198-199, 287, no. 87 (color).
Bibliography
1889
Portalis, Roger de. Fragonard, Sa vie et son oeuvre. 2 vols. Paris, 1889, 2: 316.
1961
Ananoff, Alexandre. L'oeuvre dessiné de Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 - 1806). 4 vols. Paris, 1961-1970, 2: no. 904; 4: 383.
1987
Rosenberg, Pierre, et al. Fragonard. Exh. cat. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1987: under no. 34, p. 111, fig. 2 (erroneously captioned).
1992
National Gallery of Art, Washington. Washington, D.C., 1992: 321, repro.