Inscribed at lower right in graphite, "L. B.".
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 320.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
The artist's studio was a favorite subject of Boilly, and he often treated the theme in both paintings and drawings. An inscription on the old mount indicates that this is a self-portrait painted at Arras in 1779, though it has also been suggested that the subject's style of dress may hint at a later date. The scale of the sheet is particularly impressive, as is the skillful use of stumped black chalk. -- Exhibition Label, from "Life Lines: Portrait Drawings from Dürer to Picasso."
Thorne, Landon K. Jr., Mrs., donor.