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Degas atelier (Lugt 657); René de Gas [1845-1927, brother of the artist]; (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 10 November 1927, lot 12); (purchased by Paul Rosenberg et Cie.); purchased December 1929 by John Nicholas Brown, Providence, R.I.; (David Tunick, New York); purchased by Ian Woodner, New York, 13 August 1986; by inheritance to his daughters, Andrea and Dian Woodner; gift to NGA, 1991.

Exhibition History
1931
Dix-Neufs Portraits de Degas par Lui-Même, Marcel Guérin, Paris, 1931.
1935
Master Drawings Selected from the Museums and Private Collections of America, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, 1935, no. 113.
1936
Degas 1834-1917, The Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 1936, no. 58.
1962
Forty Master Drawings from the Collection of John Nicholas Brown, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1962, no. 5.
1967
Drawings by Degas, City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis and tour, 1967, no. 1.
1987
Master Drawings: The Woodner Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1987, no. 91.
1988
Degas, Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo and tour, 1988-89, no. 9.
1990
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1990, no. 115.
1994
Degas -- Portraits, Kunsthaus Zürich, 1994-1995, no. 23, repro. p. 162.
1995
The Touch of the Artist: Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995-1996, no. 105.
2001
"Degas and America: The Early Collectors", High Museum of Art, Atlanta; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2001, no. 6.
2001
Degas and America: The Early Collectors, High Museum of Art, Atlanta; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2001, no. 6.
2006
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2006 - 2007.
Bibliography
1932
Mongan, Agnes. "Portrait Studies by Degas in American Collections." Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum 1, no 4. (May 1932): 63, fig. 3.
1946
Lemoisne, Paul André. Degas et son oeuvre. 4 vols. Paris: Arts et metiers graphiques, 1946-1949. Vols. 2 and 3, 1946. Reprinted in 5 vols., New York and London, 1984.
1946
Rewald, John. The History of Impressionism. New York, 1946: repro. 12.
1948
Huyghe, René, and Philippe Jaccottet. Le Dessin Français au XIXe siècle. Lausanne, 1948: 175, pl. 90.
1959
Rosenberg, Jakob. Great Draughtsmen from Pisanello to Picasso. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1959: 107-108, fig. 197.
1987
Melikian, Souren. "A Master Collector, Ian Woodner: An Eye for the Future." Art & Auction. (November 1987): 86.
1995
The Touch of the Artist: Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995-1996: no. 105.
1999
Gammell, R.H. Ives. "The Shop-Talk of Edgar Degas, Chapter III" Classical Realism Journal 5 (Spring 1999): 34.