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Inscription

lower left stamped in red: Degas (Lugt 658); upper center verso stamped in red: ATELIER / ED. DEGAS (Lugt 657); by later hand, center verso in blue pencil: Ph 1565

Provenance

(Third Degas sale, Paris, Georges Petit, 7-9 April 1919, no. 150.2); (French Pastels and Drawings from Clouet to Degas. Wildenstein, New York, February-March 1944, no. 113); (sale, London, Sotheby's, 1 July 1964, no. 62); Frank Perls; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mirisch, Beverly Hills, by 1966;[1] (M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York); purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, VA; gift to NGA, 1995.

Exhibition History
1944
French Pastels and Drawings from Clouet to Degas. Wildenstein, New York, February-March 1944, no. 113.
1967
Drawings by Degas. City Art Museum of Saint Louis, and tour, 1966-1967, no. 86.
2012
Vernet to Villon: Nineteenth-Century French Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Art. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma. Norman, OK, 2012, no. 20.
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.
1988
Gordon, Robert and Andrew Forge. Degas. New York, 1988: 122.