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Inscription

incised in block letters in the model, on front of herm: A GERARD / P.J. DAVID / 1838; apparently in David's own handwriting, in black chalk, watercolor, or India ink, on left of herm: à Madame Gerard / David

Provenance

Possibly a gift from the artist to Gérard's widow, Marguerite-François Mattei [d. 1 December 1848].[1] Private collection, Paris, c. 1990; (André Lemaire, Paris), by December 1990;[2] purchased with donated funds 4 March 1991 by NGA.

Exhibition History
1991
Art for the Nation: Gifts in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1991, supplement to catalogue, color repro.
Bibliography
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 63, repro.
2000
Butler, Ruth, and Suzanne Glover Lindsay, with Alison Luchs, Douglas Lewis, Cynthia J. Mills, and Jeffrey Weidman. European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000: 219-224, color repro.
2010
Le Nouëne, Patrick. David d'Angers Portraitiste: Catalogue sommaire des bustes de P.-J. David d'Angers conservées à la Galerie David d'Angers. Angers, 2010: 137, under no. 112.