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signed (?) in black chalk at lower right: f. Boucher; stenciled in brown ink at lower left: 34; numbered in pen and brown ink at lower left: 14-2(?); numbered in brown ink in the circular stamp of the ECOLE ACCADEMIQUE DE DESSINS D. ORLEANS: 49; verso, in pen and magenta ink at center left: [illeg.] 34 mai 1854, and in another hand in graphite at center: Academie par Francois Boucher; in pen and brown ink at lower left: T18a, with matting notes in graphite at center right


Possibly Aignan-Thomas Desfriches (1715-1800), first director of the Academy of the Arts of Design, Orléans; École académique et pratique de peinture, sculpture, architecture et arts dépendants du dessein d'Orléans, founded 1786, which later became the École régionale des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans (sim. To L.Supp. 1999b; perhaps a version used before the Revolution); deaccessioned when the schools architectural drawings were transferred to the Musée d'Orléans in 1907. Maître Georges Ryaux, Paris, 1954; Charles E. Slatkin Gallery, New York; to David Daniels, New York (sale, Sotheby's, London, 25 April 1978, no. 80); to Robert H. and Clarice Smith, Washington; gift to NGA in 1980.

Exhibition History
Figures nues d'école française. Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 1953, no. 20.
François Boucher, 1703-1770: Prints and Drawings. Charles E. Slatkin Gallery, New York, 1957, no. 18.
Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture from Three Private Collections. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1960, no. 9.
Loan Exhibition: Selections from the Drawing Collection of David Daniels. Minneapolis Institute of Arts and tour, 1968, no. 22.
François Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings. National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Art Institute of Chicago, 1973-1974, no. 68 (Regina Slatkin).
The Male Nude. Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra Univeristy, Hempstead, NY, 1973, no. 29.
Old Master Drawings from American Collections. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976, no. 153 (Ebria Feinblatt).
Six Centuries/Six Artists, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1997 (no cat.).
The Drawings of François Boucher. The Frick Collection, New York, and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 2003-2004, 106-107, 235, 246, no. 33 (Alastair Laing).
Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2009, 122-123, 282, no. 52 (color).
Slatkin, Regina Shoolman. Review of A. Ananoff, L'Oeuvre dessiné de Boucher, Master Drawings 5, no. 1 (Spring, 1967): 56, 65, note 20.
Wallace Collection Catalogues: Pictures and Drawings. London, 1968: 41, under P485.
Williams, Eunice. Review of François Boucher in North American Collections. Master Drawings 12, no. 2 (Summer 1974): 173.
Ananoff, Alexandre, with Daniel Wildenstein. François Boucher. 2 vols. Lausanne and Paris, 1976: 2:111, 114, no. 422/10, fig. 1201.
Davis, Frank. "Precision and Beauty." Country Life 163 (8 June 1978): 1624-1625, fig. 3.
Jean-Richard, Pierrette. L'Oeuvre gravé de François Boucher dans la Collection Edmond de Rothschild au Musée du Louvre. Paris, 1978: 119, under no. 370.
Brunel, Georges. Boucher. New York, 1986: 296.
Ingamells, John. The Wallace Collection: Catalogues of Pictures. Vol. 3, French Before 1815. London, 1989: 72.
Clements, Candace. "The Academy and the Other: Les Grâces and Le Genre Galant." Eighteenth-Century Studies 25, no. 4 (Summer 1992): 469ff, fig. 3.
Hedley, Jo. François Boucher: Seductive Visions. Exh. cat. Wallace Collection. London, 2004: 112, reprod. 111, fig. 87.