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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
After François Clouet, French (1510 - 1572)
Head of a Bearded Old Man, after a Drawing in the Louvre by François Clouet
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Graphite and white gouache on tan wove paper
actual: 30.4 x 23.5 cm (11 15/16 x 9 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: l.l.: Vente signature stamp [L. 658] in red
  • stamp: l.r.: Atelier stamp [L. 657] in pink
[Fourth sale of the estate of Edgar Degas at the Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, July 2-4, 1919, lot 87d, sold]; [to Durand-Ruel, New York (1919-?), sold]; to Lillie P. Bliss, New York (?-1934), bequest; to Museum of Modern Art, New York (1934-1943), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.

1. The drawing shared a frame with and was sold with four other drawings at the 1919 Degas estate sale (lots 87a-d).
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).
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of The Museum of Modern Art, New York
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. 87d, repr. (sold in one frame with no. 29 and 3 other drawings)

Prints, Drawings, and Bronzes by Degas, checklist, The Grolier Club (New York, 1922), one of nos. 130-134

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. 62

John Herron Art Institute, Modern Masters from the Collection of Miss Lizzie P. Bliss, exh. cat. (Indianapolis, IN, 1932), no. 38

The Lillie P. Bliss Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, NY, 1934), no. 28, repr.

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. 25, fig. 63, p. 32

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

The Collection of Miss Lillie P. Bliss. Fourth Loan Exhibition., Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 10/17/1931 - 12/15/1931

Modern Masters from the Collection of Miss Lizzie P. Bliss, John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, 01/01/1932 - 01/31/1932

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