Pen and black ink, with brush and gray wash and black-and-white gouache, on blue laid paper
314 × 260 mm
Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Joseph Regenstein
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Harold Joachim, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Eighteenth Century (Chicago, 1979), no. 2C12.
Suzanne Folds McCullagh, “Illustrations for La Fontaine’s Fable 80, ‘Nothing in Excess’ (‘Rien de trop’), 1732,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 26, 1 (2000), pp. 42-43, no. 14.
New York, The Pierpont Morgan Library, “Fables from Aesop to Thurber,” January 14-March 11, 1965.
Paris, Musée du Louvre, “Jean-Baptiste Oudry,” 1982-1983.
The Art Institute of Chicago, “The Regenstein Collection of European Drawings,” 1985-1986.
The Art Institute of Chicago, “Acquisitions in the Regenstein Collection 1974-1989,” February 2-May 8, 1990.
Sold by the artist to M. de Montenault, Paris, about 1751. J. J. de Bure, Paris, by 1828; sold, Paris, December 1-18, 1853, de Bure sale, lot 344, to Count Adolphe-Narcisse Thibaudeau (died 1856), Paris; sold to Felix Solar, Paris, 1856 [Portalis 1877]; sold, Paris, November 19-December 8, 1860, Solar sale, lot 627, to Baron Isidore Taylor (died 1879), Paris; probably sold by Baron Isidore Taylor to Morgand and Fatout, Paris, 1876; sold to Emile Pereire, Paris; sold to Louis Olry-Roederer, Reims; sold by the heirs of Louis Olry-Roederer to the Rosenbach Company, New York, 1923; sold to Raphael Esmerian, New York, about 1946. Sold, Palais Galliera, Paris, June 6, 1973, Esmerian sale, lot 46, to an unknown art dealer. Sold by Claus Virch to the Art Institute, 1976.
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