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lower left: Amedee Van Loo. / 1764

Provenance

Princess Anna Amalie of Prussia [1723-1787] (or possibly Princess Luise Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg [1722-1780]);[1] by descent to Emperor Wilhelm II [1859-1941], great-great-great grandnephew of Anna Amalie (great-great-great grandson of Luise Amalie);[2] (Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Paris, New York, and London); sold 1929 to Robert W. [d. 1935] and Florence Steuber Gaines Harkness [d. 1945] Schuette, New York;[3] gift 1945 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1929
18th Century French Art, Wildenstein's, New York, 1929.
1935
French Painting and Sculpture of the XVIII Century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1935-1936.
1940
Masterpieces of Art. European & American Paintings 1500-1900, New York World's Fair, 1940, no. 208, repro.
1962

Meisterwerke aus den Schlössern Friedrichs des Grossen. (Exh. cat. Schlöss Charlottenburg.) Berlin, 1962: 63, nos. 124, 125.
1970

Die Bauwerke und Kunstdenkmäler von Berlin: Schlöss Charlottenburg. (Exh. cat. Schlöss Charlottenburg.) Berlin, 1970: 41.
2002
Deceptions and Illusions: Five Centuries of Trompe l'Oeil Painting, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2002-2003, no. 73, color repro.
Bibliography
1892
Seidel, Paul. “Die Ausstellung von Kunstwerken aus dem Zeitalter Friedrich des Grossen.Friedrich der Grosse als Sammler von Gemälden und Skulpturen.” Jahrbuch der Königlichen Preussischen Kunstsammlungen 13 (1892): 197.
1900
Seidel, Paul. Les collections d’oeuvres d’art françaises du xviii e siècle appartenant à Sa Majesté l’empereur d’Allemagne roi de Prusse. Berlin, 1900: 104-105, repro.
1935
Wehle, Harry B. “French Painting and Sculpture of the Eighteenth Century.” Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 30 (Nov. 1935): 208.
1948
Wildenstein and Company. French XVIII Century Paintings. New York, 1948: 4
1956
Einstein, Lewis. “Looking at French Eighteenth-Century Pictures in Washington.”
Gazette des Beaux-Arts ser. 6, 47 (May – June 1956): 234, figs. 19, 20.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 77.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 67, repro.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 198, repro.
1975
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 336, 337, nos. 452, 453.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 334, no. 450, color repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 418, repro.
2003
Vogtherr, Christoph Martin. Nicolas Lancret: der Guckkastenmann. Berlin, 2003.
2006
Milam, Jennifer. Fragonard’s Playful Paintings: Visual Games in Rococo Art. Manchester, 2006: 81-84, figs. 22, 24.
2009
Conisbee, Philip, et al. French Paintings of the Fifteenth through the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2009: no. 90, 420-426, color repro.
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