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Inscription

lower right: L. Vigée LeBrun, 1782; reverse: Presented by the Empress Eugenie to Earl Sydney in memory of her son, the Prince Imperial, to whom it belonged

Provenance

William A. Clark [1839-1925]; bequest 1926 to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2014 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History
1978
The William A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 26 April-16 July 1978, unnumbered cat.
1983
The Rococo Age: French Masterpieces of the Eighteenth Century, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 1983, no. 36, repro.
2001
Antiquities to Impressionism: The William A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 3 November 2001-4 February 2002, unnumbered cat., repro.
Bibliography
1980
Baillio, Joseph. "Identification de quelques portraits d'anonymes de Vigée Le Brun au Etats-Unis". Gazette des Beaux-Arts 6th per., no 96 (November 1980): 158, fig. 3, 159-160.
1981
Michel, Marianne Roland. "A Note on a Portrait of Madame du Barry." In Fenway Court [ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 1980 Annual Report]. (1981): 21, fig. 3.
1992
Zafran, Eric M. Madame du Barry de Versailles à Louveciennes. Paris, 1992: 140, 146-147, repros.
2011
Bailey, Colin B. Fragonard's Progress of Love at The Frick Collection. New York and London, 2011: 53, fig. 35.