Adams, Frederick B., Jr. Seventh Annual Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1957, pp. 76-79.
Alexandre Ananoff, "L'Oeuvre dessiné de Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1732-1806", 4 vols. , Paris, 1961-1970, II, no. 605, fig. 193.
Pierpont Morgan Library. Review of Acquisitions, 1949-1968. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969, p. 145.
Pierpont Morgan Library. Major Acquisitions of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1924-1974. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1974. Vol. 2: Drawings, no. 29.
Denison, Cara D., and Helen B. Mules, with the assistance of Jane V. Shoaf. European Drawings, 1375-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, no. 106, repr.
Denison, Cara D. French Drawings, 1550-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, no. 72.
Denison, Cara D. French Master Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1993, no. 71, repr. in color.
Stein, Perrin, et al. Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant: Works from New York Collections, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016, no. 99.
Fragonard produced this loose and lively preliminary sketch in preparation for a more finished drawing, now in a private collection (and historically in the collection of Eudoxe Marcille; 1814-1890). Traces of incised lines reveal that he transferred the outline of the scene to a new sheet which would become the final drawing.
The scene has been titled “The Reward” or “He wins the prize”, referring to the boy being borne into the room with great fanfare. A pendant drawing, also known through a rough sketch and finished design, is often referred to as “The Competition”, suggesting a narrative. These titles, however, have their origins in the nineteenth century and cannot be supported. The subject of childhood education could relate to specific individuals or may have been meant to illustrate a contemporary text devoted to the subject.
Walferdin, Hippolyte, former owner.
Groult, Camille, 1832-1908, former owner.
Ancel, former owner.
Mottart, Mme., former owner.
Baker, Walter C., donor.
Becker, Renée de, Mme., donor.
Kettaneh, Francis Anthony Bernard, 1897-1976, former owner.
Moore, Paul, Mrs., donor.
Newberry, John S., Jr., donor.
Stern, Carl, donor.
Stern, Anne Bigelow, donor.
Straus, Herbert N., Mrs., donor.
Wickes, Forsyth, donor.