across bottom in black ink: sur un sarcophage au museum du pape; lower right in black ink: 46; lower left: paraphes of E.D. and J.D.
Estate of the artist (sale, Paris, 17 April 1826, under no. 66; withdrawn); Mme.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); by descent in her family; (Bruno de Bayser, Paris); purchased 1998 by NGA.
- Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2009, 256-258, 291, no. 112a (color).
- Rosenberg, Pierre. From Drawing to Painting: Poussin, Watteau, Fragonard, David, and Ingres. The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 1996, Series XXI. Princeton, 2000: 39, fig. 42 (the album page).
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