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Provenance

De Wailly, Paris; (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 17-18 February 1853, no. 159); Baron Louis Auguste de Schwiter [1805-1889] (Lugt 1768) (his sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 20-21 April 1883, no. 174); Henri Michel-Lévy (his sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 12-13 May 1919, no. 135); Mme. Piez, Paris, by 1957; (Colnaghi, London, 1959); private collection, Great Britain; (sale Monte Carlo, Sotheby's, 11 February 1979, no. 51); Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shepard Morgan, Duxbury, MA; gift to NGA, 1991.

Exhibition History
1984
Watteau, 1684-1721, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1984; Grand Palais, Paris, 1984-85; Charlottenburg Castle, Berlin, 1985; no. 131.
1991
NGA Anniversary, 1991, 84.
Bibliography
1957
Parker, K.T. and J. Mathey, Antoine Watteau, catalogue complet de son oeuvre dessiné. 2 vols. Paris, 1957: I, no. 259.
1984
Roland Michel, Marianne. Watteau. Un artiste au XVIIIe siècle. Paris and London, 1984: 231.
1986
Eidelberg, Martin P. Review of "Antoine Watteau 1684-1721." Master Drawings 22-24(1986): 103-104.
1987
Grasselli, Margaret Morgan. "The Drawings of Antoine Watteau: stylistic development and problems of chronology." 3 vols. Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1987: 408-411, no. 159, fig. 502 (recto), fig. 503 (verso).
1987
Grasselli, Margaret Morgan. "Watteau's Use of the Trois-Crayons Technique." in Drawings Defined. New York, 1987: 189-191, fig. 13.
1996
Rosenberg, Pierre and Louis-Antoine Prat. Antoine Watteau 1684-1721. Catalogue raisonné des dessins. Milan: Leonardo Editore, 1996.
1998
Roland Michel, Marianne. "The Rosenberg-Prat catalogue of Watteau's drawings," The Burlington Magazine 140, Nov. 1998: 754, R.838 (supporting attrib. to Watteau).
2001
Grasselli, Margaret Morgan. Review of Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat, Antoine Watteau 1684-1721. Catalouge raisonné des dessins. Master Drawings 39, no. 3, 2001, 331.