Black chalk, and brush and brown wash, with touches of gray wash, on cream laid paper, laid down on cream laid card
227 × 172 mm
Gift of the Joseph and Helen Regenstein Foundation
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R. Portalis, Les Dessinateurs d’Illustrations au Dix-Huitième Siècle, 2 (Paris, 1877), p. 461.
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, L’Art du Dix-Huitième Siècle, 2 (Paris, 1882), p. 212.
Alexandre Ananoff, L’oeuvre Dessiné de Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806): Catalogue Raisonné (Paris, 1961-70), Vol. 1, no. 57, p. 53.
Harold Joachim, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Eighteenth Century (Chicago, 1977), no. 2C7.
New York, Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, “French Master Drawings, Renaissance to Modern. A Loan Exhibition,” February 10 – March 7, 1959, cat. 61 (ill). [As Moreau]
New York, Wildenstein and Company, “Master Drawings from The Art Institute of Chicago,” October 17-November 30, 1963, n.p., cat. 64, as by Jean-Michel Moreau, “The Young Godparents.”
The Art Institute of Chicago, “The Helen Regenstein Collection of European Drawings,” 1974, pp. 110-11, cat. 55 (ill.), cat. by Harold Joachim.
Washington, D.C., The National Gallery of Art, “Drawings by Fragonard in North American Collections,” November 19, 1978-January 21, 1979, pp. 142-43, cat. 57 (ill.); traveled to Cambridge, Mass., the Fogg Art Museum, February 16-April 1, 1979; and New York, The Frick Collection, April 20-June 3, 1979.
The Art Institute of Chicago, “The Regenstein Collection of European Drawings,” 1985-1986.
Paris, Musée Luxembourg, “Fragonard Amoureax”, September 16, 2015, - January 24, 2016, pp. 118, 121 (ill.), cat. 29.
Possibly Girault collection [Paris 1932 auction cat.]. Sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 25-26, 1932, J. L. sale, lot 14. Dr. Jacob Hirsch, from the 1930s; sold to Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, New York [according to a letter from Regina Slatkin to Harold Joachim dated October 5, 1960 in curatorial file]; sold to the Art Institute, 1960.
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