Lithograph in black on ivory chine, laid down on ivory wove paper (chine collé)
Inscribed lower left corner of secondary support, in graphite: “Epreuve avant le nom de Lemercier”; verso, lower left quadrant, in graphite (partially erased): “eps du 1er etat sur chine, / avant le nom de Lemercier / [illegible]”; lower left corner, in graphite: “WT (encircled)” and “MN 85 imp. d’essai.”
Through prior bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection
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Sold by Guillaume de Gontaut Biron, Marquis de Biron (1859–1939), Paris and Château de Biron, Monpazier, at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, Apr. 13, 1910, lot. 95. Otto Gerstenberg (1848–1935), Berlin [his stamp (Lugt 2785), verso, lower left corner, in brown]; by descent to his daughter, Margarethe Scharf (1889–1961), Berlin; by descent to her son, Dieter Scharf (1926–2001), Hamburg. Private Collection, Switzerland. Sold by Wolfgang Wittrock Kunsthandel, Düsseldorf, to the Art Institute, Apr. 1992.
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