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Inscription

lower right verso 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
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.