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Inscription

lower left in dark brown ink: F. Boucher; in pen and light brown ink at lower left, partially concealed by the white heightening: Boucher; on the verso, in pen and brown ink at lower left: F. Boucher/[illeg.] L'empereur; numbered in graphite at center: 3396; and at upper left in another hand, 325

Provenance

according to Masson, probably Huquier (sale, 1771, among the "desseins encadrées"); Paignon-Dijonval, 1810; J. Masson (sale, Paris, 7-8 May 1923, no. 26); (Rosenberg & Stiebl, New York); Arthur Liebman [d. 1991], Lake Forest, IL; bequest 1992, to NGA

Exhibition History
1997
Six Centuries/Six Artists, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1997 (no cat.).
2009
Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2009, 120-121, 282, no. 51 (color).
Bibliography
1810
Bénard, Monsieur. Cabinet de M. Paignon Dijonval, état détaillé et raisonné des dessins et estampes dont il est composé. Paris, 1810: 144, no. 3396.

1880
Mantz, Paul. Boucher, Le Moyne, Natoire. Paris, 1880: 86.
1906
Michel, André, Louis Soullié, and Charles Masson. François Boucher. Catalogue raisonné de L'Oeuver peint et dessiné. Paris [1906]: no. 2618.
1978
Jean-Richard, Pierrette. L'Oeuvre gravé de François Boucher dans la Collection Edmond de Rothschild. Paris, 1978: 81, under no. 207.