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Inscription

by later hand, lower left in pen and brown ink: P. Bréugel f

Provenance

(Sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 20 May 1966, no. 144); purchased by Ian Woodner, New York, 1966; by inheritance to his daughters, Dian and Andrea Woodner, New York, 1990; by distribution to Dian Woodner; gift to NGA, 2016.

Exhibition History
1971
Woodner Collection I: A Selection of Old Master Drawings before 1700, William H. Schab Gallery, New York, Los Angeles County Museum, and Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1971-72, no. 61.
1976
Old Master Drawings from American Collections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 1976, no. 210 (cat. by Ebria Feinblatt).
1983
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection. J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, Kimbell Art Museum, Dallas, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1983-84, no. 46 (cat. by George Goldner)
1986
Dibujos de los siglos XIV al XX: Colección Woodner, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1986-87, no. 81.
1986
Meisterzeichnungen aus Sechs Jahrhunderten: Die Sammlung Ian Woodner, Haus der Kunst, Munich, and Albertina, Vienna, 1986, no. 68.
1990
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1990, no. 84.
1995
The Touch of the Artist: Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995-1996, no. 55 (entry by Hans Mielke).
2001
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Drawings and Prints. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2001, 225-227, no. 98 (entry by Michiel C. Plomp)(color)
2006
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2006 - 2007.
Bibliography
1969
De Tolnay, Charles. "A Contribution to Pieter Bruegel the Elder as Draughtsman." Miscellanea I. Q. van Regteren Altena. Amsterdam, 1969: 62-63, 279, figs. 10-11.
1974
Haverkamp-Begemann, Egbert. "Dutch and Flemish Figure Drawings from the Collection of Harry G. Sperling." Master Drawings 12, no. 1 (Spring 1974): 34, 37 note 1.
1975
Pieter Bruegel d. Ä. als Zeichner. Exh. cat. Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, 1975: 89, under no. 103 (as a workshop copyist).
1977
Gaigneron, Axelle de. "Ian Woodner, amateur américain de réputation mondiale, commente quelques oeuvres majeures de sa collection." Connaissance des Arts 310 (December 1977): 102.
1983
Matteson, Lynn R. "Old Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection." Pantheon. XLI (1983): 386.
1986
Hand, John O., et al. The Age of Bruegel: Netherlandish Drawings of the Sixteenth Century. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1986-87: 104, under no. 30 (entry by John Hand).
1996
Mielke, Hans. Pieter Bruegel, Die Zeichnungen. Turnhout, 1996: 63-64, 181, no. 58 (repro.).
2006
Gibson, Walter S. Pieter Bruegel and the Art of Laughter. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA, 2006: 90-91, fig. 53.
2017
Grasselli, Margaret Morgan. "Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Bagpipe Player." National Gallery of Art Bulletin no. 56 (Spring 2017): 26.