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Provenance

The artist [1834-1917], Paris; bequest to his heirs;[1] reportedly given to the Hébrard family, Paris, by Jeanne Fevre;[2] Nelly Hébrard [1904-1985], Paris, by 1955;[3] (M. Knoedler & Company, Inc., New York), by 1956;[4] sold 1958 to Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; bequest 1999 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1955
Possibly Edgar Degas 1834-1917: Original Wax Sculptures, M. Knoedler & Company, Inc., New York, 1955, not in cat.
1991
Art for the Nation: Gifts in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1991, unnumbered catalogue, repro.
Bibliography
1944
Rewald, John. Degas, Works in Sculpture: A Complete Catalogue. Translated by John Coleman and Noel Moulton. New York, 1944: 28, repro.
1949
Borel, Pierre. Les Sculptures inédites de Degas. Geneva, 1949: n.p., repro.
1956
Rewald, John. Degas Sculpture: The Complete Works. Translated by John Coleman and Noel Moulton. New York, 1956: no. LXXIV.
1970
Reff, Theodore. "Degas' Sculpture, 1880-1884." Art Quarterly 33, no. 3 (1970): 287-293.
1976
Millard, Charles W. The Sculpture of Edgar Degas. Princeton, 1976: 14-15, 33 n. 32, 65, 80-81, 83 n. 46, fig. 32.
1976
Reff, Theodore. Degas: The Artist's Mind. New York and London, 1976: 257-264 (reprint Cambridge, Massachusetts 1987).
1979
Failing, Patricia. "The Degas bronzes Degas never knew." Art News (April 1979): 41.
1991
Pingeot, Anne. Degas Sculptures. Paris, 1991: no. 74, repro.
1995
Campbell, Sara. "A Catalogue of Degas' Bronzes." Apollo 142 (August 1995): 10-48, 48, fig. 72.
1997
Pingeot, Anne. "L'Écolière." 48/14: La Revue du Musée d'Orsay 5 (Autumn 1997): 30-31, repro.
2002
Czestochowski, Joseph S., and Anne Pingeot. Degas--Sculptures. Catalogue Raisonné of the Bronzes. Memphis, 2002: 268, repro.
2010
Lindsay, Suzanne Glover, Daphne S. Barbour, and Shelley G. Sturman. Edgar Degas Sculpture. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2010: no. 57, 322-327, color repro.
2017
Barbour, Daphne, and Shelley Sturman. "Casting Degas's Sculpture into Bronze: A Closer Look" In Degas, Daphne Barbour and Suzanne Quillen Lomax, eds. Facture. Conservation, Science, Art History 3 (2017): 78-111, esp. 78.
2017
Lomax, Suzanne Quillen, Barbara H. Berrie, and Michael Palmer. "Edgar Degas's Wax Sculptures: Characterization and Comparison with Contemporary Practice." In Degas, Daphne Barbour and Suzanne Quillen Lomax, eds. Facture. Conservation, Science, Art History 3 (2017): 50-77, esp. 65-66.
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