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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
Plié in Second Position at the Barre
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Study of a Dancer
Work Type
19th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black and white prepared chalk on pink modern laid paper, faded to off-white
30.8 x 23.4 cm (12 1/8 x 9 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • estate stamp: verso: Degas Atelier stamp [Lugt 657]
  • inscription: verso, lower right, blue crayon: Ph 1106 v. 546
  • exhibition label: formerly back of frame: PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART / PARKWAY AT 26TH STREET, PHILADELPHIA 30 / ARTIST E. Degas / TITLE Ballet Girl / EXHIBITION T. Edward Hanley Collection / LENDER T. Edward Hanley / ADDRESS OF LENDER Bradford, Pa.
  • exhibition label: formerly back of frame: Fogg Art Museum, T. Loan, H. 32 [this is TL14096.54; works from the Hanley collection sent to Wildenstein]
  • gallery label: formerly back of frame: HAMMER GALLERIES NEW YORK No. 20015-4 [circular stamp]
  • inscription: upper right, black chalk: Plié à la seconde / à la barre
  • inscription: formerly back of frame, ink: Vente II / #214
  • label: formerly back of frame: Degas No. 14334a / Etude de danseuse / dessin
Degas atelier sale II [Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, Dec. 11-13, 1918, lot 214a, repr.; Lugt 657)]. [Durand-Ruel, Paris]. T. Edward Hanley, Bradford, Pennsylvania (by 1937). Private collection, New York, to; [Hammer Galleries, New York, in partnership with Stephen Hahn Gallery, New York, 1966]. Richard B. Sisson, bequest; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2005
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Richard B. Sisson and through the generosity of Anthony and Celeste Meier
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

The T. Edward Hanley Collection: Drawings, exh. cat., Albright Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY, 1946), no. 21

Lillian Browse, Degas Dancers, The Studio Publications Incorporated (New York, NY, 1949), no. 147, repr.

Loan Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings from the Hanley Collection, exh. cat., Wildenstein & Company (New York, 1961), no. 54

Richard Kendall and Jill DeVonyar, Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2011), cat. no. 51, pp. 135-137, repr. p. 136

Paintings, Drawings, and Oil Sketches 1810-1930, auct. cat., W. M. Brady & Co., Inc. (New York, 2016), under cat. no. 31, fig. 41

Henri Loyrette, Degas à l'Opéra, exh. cat., Musée d'Orsay (Paris, 2019), pp. 166, 168, repr. p. 168 as fig. 163

Exhibition History

Exhibition of the Collection of T. Edward Hanley, Bradford, Pennsylvania, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, 12/01/1937 - 01/31/1938

The T. Edward Hanley Collection: Drawings, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, 10/04/1946 - 11/03/1946

T. Edward Hanley Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 02/08/1957 - 04/28/1957

Loan Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings from the Hanley Collection, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 11/22/1961 - 12/30/1961; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/24/1962 - 04/15/1962

Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 09/17/2011 - 12/11/2011

Degas at the Opera, National Gallery of Art, Landover, 03/01/2020 - 10/12/2020

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