Provenance

The artist; his nephew, Edmond Degas.[1] Marcel Guérin, from at least 1924;[2] sold 1958 through Arthur Goldschmidt to (Walter Feilchenfeldt, Zurich);[3] sold 1959 through (Germain Seligmann, New York) to Mr. Paul Mellon, Upperville, VA; gift 1995 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1924
Exposition Degas au profit de la Ligue Franco-Anglo-Américaine contre le cancer: Peintures, pastels et dessins, sculptures, eaux-fortes, lithographies et monotypes, Galeries Georges Petit (sculpture shown at Galerie A.A. Hébrard), Paris, 1924, no. 2.
1931
Degas: Portraitiste, Sculpteur, Musée de L'Orangerie, Paris, 1931, no. 14.
1955
Degas dans les collections françaises, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1955, no. 7.
1966
French Paintings from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1966, no. 47, repro.
1999
An Enduring Legacy: Masterpieces from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1999-2000, no cat.
Bibliography
1931
Guérin, Marcel. Dix-neuf portraits de Degas par lui-même. Paris, 1931: unnumbered, repro.
1966
Goldwater, Robert. "The Glory that was France." Art News 65 (March 1966):42.
1970
Minervino 1970, no. 122
1984
Lemoisne 1946 [revised edition, 1984], no. 31
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