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Mr & Mrs René Gaffé, New York, by whom acquired directly from the artist; their sale to benefit UNICEF, Christie's, New York, 6 November 2001, lot 21.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Letter from Magritte to Nougé [1942, probably August], in Magritte, Nougé, no. 4 (incorrectly dated 1939; per D. Sylvester and S. Whitfield).
R. Gaffé, A la verticale: Réflexions d'un collectionneur, Brussels, 1963, pp. 124-125 (illustrated on the back cover).
D. Sylvester (ed.), René Magritte, Catalogue Raisonné, vol. II, Oil Paintings and Objects 1931-1948, London, 1993, no. 506 (illustrated p. 300).