French 19th Century
161.2 x 44.4 x 49 cm (63 7/16 x 17 1/2 x 19 5/16 in)
Possibly Madame Elizabeth de France, Palais de Montreuil, Versailles.  Possibly Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th marquess of Hertford [1800-1870], London and Paris; possibly his illegitimate son, Sir Richard Wallace [1818-1890], London and Paris; possibly his wife, Amélie-Julie-Charlotte Castelnau, Lady Wallace [1819-1897], Paris and London; possibly her adviser and secretary, Sir John Murray Scott [1847-1912], London and Paris.  Charles T. Yerkes, Jr. [1837-1905], Chicago and New York, by 1904.  Samuel Untermyer [1858-1940], Yonkers, New York, by 1910; (his sale, Parke Bernet, New York, 15-17 May 1940, no. 973, as by Clodion). (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris); purchased 1949 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1952 to NGA.  A bronze plaque attached to the back of the sculpture's base gives this provenance, but it cannot be corroborated; see the discussion by Ulrich Middeldorf, Sculptures from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools, XIV-XIX Century, London, 1976: 112-113.  The chain of owners from Hertford to Scott is given in the Duveen prospectus for the sculpture (in NGA curatorial files), but no other documentation has yet been found to support it. See Middeldorf 1976, 113, where he mentions another sculpture that was probably bought by Yerkes from Scott in 1902.  Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of Charles Tyson Yerkes Esq., New York, New York, 1904: no. 86, repro., as by Falconet.