About This Artwork

Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

Young Woman Playing a Mandolin, Study for Portrait of Mlle. Fiocre in the Ballet "La Source", 1866/68

Graphite on ivory laid paper
355 x 213 mm

Gift of Robert Allerton, 1923.293

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Iowa City, University of Iowa, "Six Centuries of Master Drawings," Summer, 1951, cat. 136 (ill.).

New York, Charles E. Slatkin, "Renoir, Degas: A Loan Exhibition of Drawings, Pastels, Sculptures," 1958, cat. 10 (ill.).

Northampton, Mass., Smith College Museum of Art, "Degas and the Dance," April 6-June 6, 1979.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Degas in The Art Institute of Chicago," July 19-September 23, 1984, pp. 46-47, cat. 16 (ill.), cat. by Richard R. Brettell and Suzanne Folds McCullagh.

Arts Council of Great Britain, "The Private Degas," 1987, pp. 41-43 and 139, cat. 33, fig. 52, cat. by Richard Thomson; shown at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, January 20-February 28, 1987; and Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, March 17-May 3, 1987.

Brooklyn Museum, "Mlle. Fiocre in the Ballet," October-December 1987.

Glens Falls, The Hyde Collection, “Degas and Music,” July 12–October 18, 2009, p. 105, 106, and 130, fig. 39, cat. by Erin B. Coe et. al.

Publication History

J.B. Manson, The Life and Work of Edgar Degas (London, 1927).

Lillian Browse, Degas Dancers (London, 1949), pp. 335, plate 2.

Bernard Champigneulle, Degas dessins (Paris, 1952), no. 23 (ill.).

Harold Joachim and Sandra Haller Olsen, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Nineteenth Century 2 (Chicago, 1979), p. 37, no. 2E5.

Artemis Group, Edgar Degas, exh. cat. (London, 1983), no. 6.

Ownership History

Estate of the artist [stamp, Lugt 658, lower right in red; stamp, Lugt 657, verso, upper left]; sold, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, July 2-4, 1919, Fourth Degas estate sale, lot 79a. Given by Robert Allerton (1873-1964), Chicago, to the Art Institute, 1923.

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