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in later hand, upper center of cover in brown ink: No. 4; in later hand, upper center of cover in red ink: DAVID; in later hands, across top of first page in brown ink: No. 4 / Contenant 23 feuillets sur les quelles tout collés ou dessinés / soixante douze dessins et vingt calques / Verifié et reconnu exact / Ces dessins proviennant de la succession de Mlle. [name scraped away] / qui etudia dans l'atelier David à Roma._____. In another hand: La premiere page manque / Il y a en tout cinquante huit dessins et vingt calques._____. / Verifié ce premier novembre 1888; in later hand, under "cinquante huit" in graphite: 59


Estate of the artist (sale, Paris, 17 April 1826, under no. 66; withdrawn); Mme. David (sale, Paris, 11 March 1835, under no. 16); purchased by one of David's pupils, Mlle. X (name obliterated);[1] by descent in her family; (Bruno de Bayser, Paris); purchased 1998 by NGA.

Exhibition History

Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2009, no.


"Inventaire après le décès de Mme. David." June 27, 1826. Manuscript inventory in Archives Nationales, Paris, Minutier central, fonds CVIII.
Sérullaz, Arlette. "Les Dessins du premier séjour romain." In Jacques-Louis David, 1748 - 1825. Paris, 1989: 65.
Sérullaz, Arlette. Dessins de Jacques-Louis David. Paris, 1991: 11.
Campbell, Richard, et al. Visions of Antiquity: Neoclassical Figure Drawings. Los Angeles, 1993: 192.
Rosenberg, Pierre. From Drawing to Painting: Poussin, Watteau, Fraongard, David & Ingres. Princeton, 2000: 40, fig. 42 (reproducing the fourth folio of album 4 with five drawings, inv. nos. 1998.105.1.j, .k, .l, .m, .n).
Stein, Perrin. "French Drawings, Washington," The Burlington Magazine 102 (January 2010): 67.

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