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lower right in brown paint: Chardin.


Acquired from the artist by Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein [1696-1772], Austrian ambassador to France, 1737-1741; by descent through the Princes of Liechtenstein, Vienna and later Vaduz, until at least 1948; (Frederick Mont, Inc., New York); purchased 1 November 1950 by the Samuel H. Kress Collection, New York;[1] gift 1952 to NGA.

Exhibition History
Salon, Paris, 1747, no. 60, as Les Aliments de la Convalesence.
Chardin et Fragonard, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1907, no. 25, as Le Déjeuner préparé.
Ausstellung von Werken Französischer Kunst des XVIII. Jahrhunderts, Königliche Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 1910, no. 298, as Eine Köchin, eine Zitrone schälend in first ed. of cat. and Ein Küchenmädchen in third ed. of cat. (no. 22 in French ed.).
Chardin 1699-1779, Grand Palais, Paris; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1979, no. 92.
Chardin, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf; Royal Academy of Arts, London; The Metropolitan Mus. of Art, New York, 1999-2000, no. 65, repro., as Meal for a Convalescent or The Attentive Nurse (shown London and NY).
The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Altes Museum, Berlin, 2003-2004, no. 42, repro.
Chardin: il pittore del silenzio, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara; Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2010-2011, no. 49, repro. (shown only in Ferrara).
Jean-Siméon Chardin 1699-1779, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, 2012-2013, no. 21, repro.
Osborn, Max. Die Kunst des Rokoko. Berlin, 1929: color pl. VII between 184 and 185, 611.
Paintings and Sculpture from the Kress Collection Acquired by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation 1945-1951. Introduction by John Walker, text by William E. Suida. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1951: 226, no. 101, repro.
Walker, John. "Your National Gallery of Art after 10 Years." National Geographic Magazine 101 no. 1 (January 1952): 74, 85, repro.
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1956: 46, color repro.
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 355, repro.
The National Gallery of Art and Its Collections. Foreword by Perry B. Cott and notes by Otto Stelzer. National Gallery of Art, Washington (undated, 1960s): 9, color repro. 15.
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1963 (reprinted 1964 in French, German, and Spanish): 212, repro.
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 27.
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 19, repro.
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 68, repro.
Eisler, Colin. Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools Excluding Italian. Oxford, 1977: 313-314, fig. 279, as Nourishment for Convalescence (Les Aliments de la Convalescence).
Watson, Ross. The National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1979: 83, pl. 70.
Rosenberg, Pierre. Chardin: New Thoughts. Kansas, 1983:16, 39, repro. pl. 1.
Rosenberg, Pierre. L'opera completa di Chardin. Milan, 1983: no. 125, repro. pl. 35.
Veca, Alberto. Simposio: Cerimonie e Apparati. Bergamo, 1983:149, fig. 115.
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 320, no. 422, color repro.
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 86, repro.
Conisbee, Philip. Chardin. Oxford, 1986: 165, 169, 172, 175, 184, 195, repro. pl. 174, detail repro. pl. 169.
Mittler, Gene A. Art in Focus. Peoria, 1986: 273, repro.
Démoris, René. Chardin, la chair et l'object. Paris, 1991:97, 126.
Roland Michel, Marianne. Chardin. Paris, 1994:160, 220-221, color repro. 223.
Edizel, Gerar. "Jean-Siméon Chardin: Seeing, Playing, Forgetting, and the Practice of Modern Imitation." Ph.D. diss., Cornell University, 1995:143-145. repro. 44.
Donahue, M. Patricia. Nursing, The Finest Art: An Illustrated History. St Louis, 1996: 21, color repro.
Southgate, M. Therese. The Art of JAMA II: Covers and Essays from The Journal of the American Medical Association. Chicago, 2001: 46-47, 209, color repro.
The Arts of France from François Ier to Napoléon Ier. A Centennial Celebration of Wildenstein's Presence in New York. Exh. cat. Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, 2005: 201, fig. 73a (not in the exhibition).
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. 16, 85-88, color repro.
Ledbury, Mark. "Embracing and Escaping the Material: Genre Painting, Objects and Private Life in Eighteenth-Century France." In Andrew Kahn, ed. Representing Private Lives of the Enlightenment, ed. Andrew Kahn. Oxford, 2010: 200, fig. 6.
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