incised in block letters in the model, on front of herm: A GERARD / P.J. DAVID / 1838; apparently in David's own handwriting, in black chalk, watercolor, or India ink, on left of herm: à Madame Gerard / David
Possibly a gift from the artist to Gérard's widow, Marguerite-François Mattei [d. 1 December 1848]. Private collection, Paris, c. 1990; (André Lemaire, Paris), by December 1990; purchased with donated funds 4 March 1991 by NGA.
- Art for the Nation: Gifts in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1991, supplement to catalogue, color repro.
- Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 63, repro.
- Butler, Ruth, and Suzanne Glover Lindsay, with Alison Luchs, Douglas Lewis, Cynthia J. Mills, and Jeffrey Weidman. European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2000: 219-224, color repro.
- Le Nouëne, Patrick, Catherine Lesseur, and Véronique Boidard. David d'Angers Portraitiste: Catalogue sommaire des bustes de P.-J. David d'Angers conservées à la Galerie David d'Angers. Angers, 2010: 137, under no. 112.