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Inscription

by later hand, center left verso in graphite: 6

Provenance

Atelier Degas, Paris, until 1917 (Lugt 657); René de Gas [1845-1921], Paris; (sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 10 November 1927, no. 20); Roland Nepveu-de Gas [1885-1962], Paris, until at least 1931. Armand Dorville [1875-1941], Paris; (sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 24 November 1964, no. 33); (Hector Brame, Paris); Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, VA, until 1999; gift to NGA, 1999.

Exhibition History
1931
Degas Portraitiste, Sculpteur, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 1931, no. 101 (as "Portrait d'Achille de Gas").
1998
Degas at the Races, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1998, no. 23.
1999
An Enduring Legacy: Masterpieces from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1999-2000.
Bibliography
1946
Lemoisne, Paul André. Degas et son oeuvre. 4 vols. Paris: Arts et metiers graphiques, 1946-1949. Vols. 2 and 3, 1946. Reprinted in 5 vols., New York and London, 1984.
1984
Lemoisne, Paul-André. Degas et son Oeuvre 5 vols. New York, 1984: 72-73, no. 143.
1998
Degas at the Races. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1998: no. 23.
2000
"Gifts and Acquisitions." NGA Bulletin 23 (Spring 2000): 5.