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Provenance

The artist's entry in the 1786 competition for the Prix de Rome.[1] possibly given by the artist to Antoine Laurent Lavoisier [1743-1794] and/or his wife, Mme Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze Lavoisier [1758-1836; after 1804, Comtesse de Rumford], Paris; seized 1794 by the French state; returned 1796 to Mme Lavoisier.[2] private collection, France, from at least the early 20th century; (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, New York, 29 October 2019, no. 749); purchased by NGA.

Exhibition History
1786
[Competition for the Prix de Rome], Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Paris, 1786.
Bibliography
2001
Anne Lafont, Une jeunesse artistique sous la Révolution, Girodet avant 1800, Ph.D. dissertation, 2 vols., Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV), 2001, 1:242, no. 20, as unlocated.
2006
Bellenger, Sylvain, et al. Girodet, 1767-1824. Exh. cat. Musée du Louvre, Paris; Art Institute of Chicago; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. Paris, 2006: 191, 200 nn. 40-43, as lost.
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