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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
Giovanna Bellelli
Work Type
c. 1858
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Physical Descriptions

Red chalk on dark tan wove paper, discolored
31.4 x 22.9 cm (12 3/8 x 9 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: verso, lower right: [possible evidence of a red stamp]


Recorded Ownership History
Edmond de Gas (the artist's nephew), Paris, by descent; to Jeanne Fèvre (the artist's niece) [1], Nice. [Charles E. Slatkin, New York], sold; to Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge, February 23, 1956, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum.

[1] Evidence suggests Jeanne Fèvre was still alive in 1949; see "Mon Oncle Degas," Jeanne Fèvre and Pierre Borel, Éditions Pierre Cailler, Geneva, 1949, p. 10.

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

  • Ingres and Degas: Two Classical Draughtsmen, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1961), no. 3
  • 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. 51, fig. 64
  • Henri Loyrette, Degas: A New Vision, exh. cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Melbourne/Houston, 2016), repr. p. 22

Exhibition History

  • An Exhibition of Drawings, Colby College, Miller Library, Waterville, 04/27/1956 - 05/23/1956
  • Ingres and Degas: Two Classical Draughtsmen, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/24/1961 - 05/20/1961
  • Degas: A New Vision, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Melbourne, 06/24/2016 - 09/18/2016; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 10/16/2016 - 01/16/2017

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