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Inscription

by later hand, upper left verso in pen and ink: 332; by later hand, upper right verso in graphite: [not deciphered]; by laterr hand, lower right verso in graphite: 1.1996.40 / [top half of an undeciphered inscription]

Provenance

(sale, Drouot, Paris, 1 March 1983, no. 135, as attrib. to Philippe Mercier). (Galerie Cailleux, Paris, as Nicolas Lancret); Jeffrey E. Horvitz, Boston, 1996, inv. D-F-371; placed on long-term loan at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, inv. 1.1996.40 (returned in 20xx); gift to NGA in 2017

Associated Names
Horvitz Collection
Bibliography
1998
Alvin L. Clark, Jr., et al. Mastery and Elegance: Two Centuries of French Drawings from the Collection of Jeffrey E. Horvitz. Exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, and elsewhere (Cambridge, 1998): 36 (fig. 18), 50 (note 65), 420-421, no. A.183 (as Nicolas Lancret).
2006
Eidelbert, Martin. "Philippe Mercier as a Draftsman." Master Drawings 44, no. 4 (Winter, 2006): 436-437, cat. X25 (as attrib. to J.-B. Oudry).
2017
Michel, Christian. "Marianne Roland Michel and Eighteenth-Century French Art," in Tradition and Transitions: Eighteenth-Century French Art from the Horvitz Collection, exh. cat. Petit Palais, Paris, 2017: 25, 27 (note 9), fig. 7 (color).
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