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Portrait of a Child

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1771, Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (b. 1714 - d. 1785), Paris [see note 1]. Possibly François-Alexandre Charles, Comte de Perregaux (b. 1791 - d. 1838), Paris [see note 2]. Possibly Khalil Bey (b. 1831 - d. 1879), Paris; January 18, 1868, Khalil Bey sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, lot 83. Pushkin Museum, Moscow (inv. no. 824); 1921, sold to Mrs. Henry J. Pierce, New York; 1943, sold by Mrs. Pierce to Edwin Hale Abbot, Jr., Cambridge, MA; 1949, gift of Abbot to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 20, 1949) NOTES: [1] The painting was engraved in 1771 by Jean-Baptiste Lucien, at which time it was in the possession of the sculptor Pigalle. [2] The MFA painting has been tentatively identified as the "Tète d'enfant" attributed to Greuze in the Khalil Bey sale of 1868. Notes in the auction catalogue indicate that this painting had been in the collection of the Comte de Perregaux.

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Gift of Edwin H. Abbot, Jr., in memory of his mother, Martha T. Abbot


40.7 x 32.7 cm (16 x 12 7/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas