This very amusing subject is related to the print after Watteau, engraved either by C. Vanloo or Nicolas Vleughels in Figures de différents caractères, no. 100.1
A drawing formerly in the E. Pontremoli collection, Paris, known only from an old photograph, is in reverse to the print, but is considered by Rosenberg and Prat to be a copy.2 In their entry for that drawing, they mention the existence of a painting of this same subject, in the same direction as the print, which was sold as Circle of Gillot at Divonne-les-Bains.3
1. P. Rosenberg and L.-A. Prat, Antoine Watteau, catalogue raisonné des dessins, Milan 1996, vol.III, p. 1380, no. G.39, reproduced
2. Ibidem, p. 1300, no R. 565, reproduced
3. Ibidem, under no R. 565; July-August 1992, lot 30, reproduced
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