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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
Virgin and Child, after a Painting in the Collection of Edmond Beaucousin, Paris, by a Follower of Leonardo da Vinci
Work Type
c. 1857
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Graphite on off-white wove paper
sheet: 33.8 x 26 cm (13 5/16 x 10 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: l.l.: Vente signature stamp [L. 658] in red
  • stamp: verso, u.r.: Atelier stamp [L. 657] in red
  • inscription: verso, u.r. (above atelier stamp), blue crayon: 1766
[Fourth sale of the estate of Edgar Degas at the Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, July 2-4, 1919, lot 114b, sold]; [to Durand-Ruel, New York (1919--?), sold]; to Lillie P. Bliss, New York (?-1934), bequest; to Museum of Modern Art, New York (1934-?). [Durand-Ruel, New York (?-1946), sold, November 1946]; to Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge, MA (1946-1965), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1965.

1. The drawing shared a frame with and was sold with three other drawings at the 1919 Degas estate sale (lots 114a-c). One of the other drawings (lot 114a) is a partial and promised gift to the Fogg Art Museum (2005.79).
2. Lillie P. Bliss passed away in 1931 and her bequest to the Museum of Modern Art was finalized 3 years late, according to the terms of her will (which called for an adequate endowment fund to be secured in that interval).
3. The drawing was bequeathed to the Museum of Modern Art by Lillie P. Bliss in 1934. Paul J. Sachs purchased the drawing from Durand-Ruel in 1946. It is unclear when the drawing passed from the Museum to Durand-Ruel and if it passed directly from one to the other.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Catalogue des tableaux, pastels et dessins par Edgar Degas et provenant de son atelier 4e vente, July 2-4, 1919, auct. cat., Galerie Georges Petit (Paris, France, July 2 - July 4, 1919), no. 114b

Museum of Modern Art, New York, Memorial Exhibition: The Collection of the Late Miss Lizzie P. Bliss, exh. cat., The Plandome Press (New York, NY, 1931), no. 65

The Lillie P. Bliss Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, NY, 1934), no. 27

John Rewald, The History of Impressionism [1st ed.], Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, NY, 1946), repr. p. 48

Marjorie B. Cohn and Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas at Harvard, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge and New Haven, 2005), cat. no. 50, fig. 56, p. 30

Musée d'Art moderne André Malraux, Ville du Havre, De Delacroix à Marquet: Donation Senn-Foulds, Dessins, exh. cat., Somogy Éditions d'Art (Paris, France, 2011), repr. p. 116 [in fig. 44 reproducing lot 114 from the 1919 Degas atelier sale]

Jane Munro, Degas: A Passion for Perfection, exh. cat., Fitzwilliam Museum and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 57, 227 note 49

Exhibition History

Memorial Exhibition: The Collection of the Late Miss Lizzie P. Bliss, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 05/17/1931 - 09/27/1931

Drawings from the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University (Collected by Paul J. Sachs), Century Club, New York, 05/12/1947 - 09/25/1947

French Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 03/28/1952 - 04/28/1952

An Exhibition of Drawings, Colby College, Miller Library, Waterville, 04/27/1956 - 05/23/1956

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