Edgar Degas

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Edgar Degas
1834-1917
Study of a Seated Woman
Oil paint essence (thinned with turpentine), over graphite, on paper, lined to canvas.
13 3/4 x 8 3/16 inches (350 x 209 mm); frame: 21 3/8 x 18 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches
Bequest of John S. Thacher.
1985.38

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Stamped in red ink at lower right, "Degas"; inscribed with extraneous numbers in pencil visible through the essence at middle right side, (possibly "2 x 2-").

Provenance: 
The artist's atelier (Lugt 658); his sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 2-4 July 1919, lot 5, repr.; John S. Thacher, Washington, D.C.
Bibliography: 

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 332.
Denison, Cara D. French Master Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1993, no. 119, repr. in color.

Notes: 

Watermark: none visible through lining.
Study for the woman in Degas' painting "Interior (The Rape)" of ca. 1868-69 in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Henry P. McIlhenny Collection.

Associated names: 

Thacher, John S., former owner.

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