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Provenance

Philippe Marquis de Chennevières (Lugt 2072)(his sale, Paris, 5-6 May 1898, no. 19); Marius Paulme (Lugt 1910)(his sale, Paris, 13 May 1929, no. 18, pl. 13); The Hon. Irwin Boyle Laughlin, Washington, D.C.; his wife, Therese Iselin Laughlin, Washington, D.C., 1941; their daughter, Gertrude Laughlin Chanler, New York, 1958; gift to NGA, 2000.

Exhibition History
1973
François Boucher in North American Collections: 100 Drawings, NGA, Washington, D.C., and The Art Institute of Chicago, 1973 - 1974, no. 67 (Regina Slatkin).
1982
Eighteenth Century Drawings from the Collection of Mrs. Gertrude Laughlin Chanler, NGA, Washington, D.C., 1982, no. 3.
2000
Drawings and Prints from the Permanent Collection (Summer 2000), National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2000 (no cat.).
2009
Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2009, 124-125, 282, no. 53 (color).
2012
The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., 2012 (no cat.).
Bibliography
1906
Michel, André, Louis Soullié, and Charles Masson. François Boucher. Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint et dessiné. Paris [1906]: no. 759.
1932
Jeanneret, Carlo. "L'Adoration des Bergers de François Boucher." Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français (1932): 76.
1966
Ananoff, Alexandre. L'oeuvre dessiné de François Boucher (1703-1770). Paris, 1966: no. 628, fig. 110.
1974
Williams, Eunice. Review of François Boucher in North American Collections. Master Drawings 12, no. 2 (Summer 1974): 173-174.
1976
Ananoff, Alexandre, with Daniel Wildenstein. François Boucher. 2 vols. Lausanne and Paris, 1976, 2:144, under no. 466, fig. 1309a.