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across bottom plate: Premiere Estampe aux trois Crayons d'après le dessein de M.r Boucher / premier Peintre du Roy. Gravé par Louis Bonnet le seul qui possede le / secret d'Imprimer les blancs tire du Cabinet de M.r de la Garégade, / Thresaurier Général de la Marine. / a Paris chés la Veuve Chereau rue St. Jacques aux 2. Pilliers d'Or. / et chés Bonnet rue Gallante la porte Cochere entre un Chandellier et un Lectier vis-a-vis la rue du Fouar; by later hand, lower left verso in graphite: c.8581; by later hand, lower right verso in graphite: B.3935

Provenance

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, VA; gift to NGA, 1995.

Exhibition History
1997
Six Centuries/Six Artists, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1997.
2003
Colorful Impressions: The Printmaking Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2003-2004, no. 9a, as Bust of a Young Woman Looking Down by Louis-Marin Bonnet after François Boucher.
Bibliography
1935
Herold, Jacques. Louis-Marin Bonnet (1735-1793): Catalogue de l'oeuvre grave. Paris: La Societe pour l'etude de la gravure Francaise, 1935.
2003
Colorful Impressions: The Printmaking Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2003-2004: no. 9a.