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Inscription

lower right in graphite: à René / E Degas 1855.

Provenance

René De Gas; Marcel Guérin, Paris; Richard S. Davis, Minneapolis, MN; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, VA, 1963; gift to NGA, 1995.

Exhibition History
1931
Degas: Portraitiste, Sculpteur. Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 1931, no. 81.
1948
Seventy Master Drawings. Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 1948-1949, no. 64.
1949
One Hundred Master Drawings. Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 1949, 176-177.
1966
French Paintings from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1966, no. 222, repro.
1974
Recent Acquisitions and Promised Gifts: Sculpture, Drawings, Prints. National Gallery of Art, Washigton, 1974, 48, B.
1997
Building a Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1997-1998, no. 135, as René de Gas.
1999
An Enduring Legacy: Masterpieces from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1999-2000.
2000
Art for the Nation: Collecting for a New Century, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2000-2001.
2000
Art for the Nation:Collecting for a New Century, NGA, Washington, D.C., 2000, 213
Bibliography
1928
Guérin, Marcel. "Remarques sur des Portraits de Famille Peints par Degas," Gazette des Beaux-Arts 5 17 (June 1928): 37, 371-372.
1932
Nirdlinger, Virginia. "Some Family Portraits by Degas," Parnassus 4 (March 1932): 13.
1944
Rebatet, Marguerite. Degas. Paris, 1944: pl. 4.
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, under no 6.
1946
Rewald, John. "Degas and His Family in New Orleans." Gazette des Beaux-Arts VI ser., vol 30 (August 1946):146, fig. 9.
1962
Boggs, Jean Sutherland. Portraits by Degas. Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1962: 8, pl. 8.
1970
19th and 20th Century Paintings from the Collection of the Smith College Museum of Art. Exh. cat. Northampton, 1970: 19, note.
1984
Lemoisne, Paul-André. Degas et son Oeuvre. 5 vols, New York (1984): 2-3.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 680, no. 1094, color repro.
1988
Boggs, Jean Sutherland. Degas. Exh. cat. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 1988: 62-63, fig. 28, under no. 2.
1996
NGA Circle Bulletin, 1996.