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Possibly commissioned by Madame de Pompadour [née Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, 1721-1764], Paris, as a pendant to Le Dessin. Count Armand de Marcy de Louveciennes. Alfred Chatan, New York;[1] purchased 1901 by William A. Clark [1839-1925], New York; bequest April 1926 to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, as La Musique by François Boucher; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History

The William A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 26 April - 16 July 1978, unnumbered catalogue.
The William A. Clark Collection: Treasures of a Copper King, Yellowstone Art Center, Billings; Montana Historical Center, Helena, 1989, unnumbered checklist, repro, as Music.


Carroll, Dana H. Catalogue of Objects of Fine Art and Other Properties at the Home of William Andrews Clark, 962 Fifth Avenue. Part I. Unpublished manuscript, n.d. (1925): 126, no. 57.
Laing, Alastair. "Deshays, Jean-Baptiste." In Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon: die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. Edited by K.G. Saur. 87+ vols. Munich and Leipzig, 1992+: 26(2000):362.
Bancel, André. Jean-Baptiste Deshays, 1729-1765. Paris, 2008: 168, no. P.142, repro.

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