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Inscription

lower right stamped in red: E.D (Lugt 838); by later hand, upper right verso: Mellon 248

Provenance

(Delacroix estate sale Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 17-29 February 1864, no. 625); Alfred Robaut [1830-1909]; (his sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 28 November 1919, no. 43); Marcel Guérin [1873-1948], Paris, by 1930; Alfred Indig, Paris, by 1956; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, VA; gift to NGA, 1995.

Exhibition History
1885
L'Exposition Eugene Delacroix. Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1885, no. 289.
1930
Exposition Delacroix. Musée du Louvre and Bibliothèque Nationale, 1930, no. 714.
1942
possibly Le Fleurs et les Fruits. Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 1942-43: no. 45 (not repr.).
1956
XXVIIIème Exposition Biennale Internationale des Beaux Arts--Venice 1956. Venice, 1956, no. 104 or 55(?).
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. 10.
Bibliography
1885
Robaut, Alfred. L'Oeuvre Complet de Eugène Delacroix. Paris, 1885: no. 776(?).
1926
Escholier, Raymond. Delacroix. Peintre, Graveur, Écrivain. 3 vols. Paris, 1926-29: II: 154, 333.