Artist Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917
  • Ballet Dancer Adjusting her Costume
Date 1872 or 1873
Medium graphite pencil heightened with white on pink paper
Dimensions Sheet: 16 9/16 × 10 5/8 inches (42.1 × 27 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of John S. Newberry
Accession Number 65.145
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Marks Stamp, in red ink, lower right: Degas
Inscriptions Inscribed, verso of the primary sheet, lower right: P[h or b] 659/29[illegible]93.
[Drawing is fully lined on a white wove mount but when exposed to strong light source, there is a numeric fraction inscribed in a European hand visible on the verso]
until 1918, Edgar Degas sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, December, 1918, no. 332 (Paris, France);
1932, Jules Strauss, sale 1932, no. 9 (Paris, France);
Paul Rosenberg (New York, New York, USA);
1944-1965, John S. Newberry (Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, USA) [purchased from Rosenberg];
1965-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Galerie Georges Petit.Catalogue des tableaux, pastels et dessins par Edgar Degas... Paris, 1919, second sale, no. 332.

Browse, Lillian. Degas Dancers. London, 1949, p. 342, no. 19 (ill.).

Cummings, Frederick J. and Charles H. Elam, eds. The Detroit Institute of Arts Handbook. Detroit, 1971, p. 199.

Reff, Theodore. "Works by Degas in the Detroit Institute of Arts." Bulletin of the DIA, 53, 1 (1974): p. 13 (ill.).

"Family Art Game." DIA Advertising Supplement, Detroit Free Press (June 4, 1978): p. 19 (ill.).

Selected Works from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1979, p. 264, no. 215.

Shackelford, G.T.M. Degas: The Dancers. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1984, p. 55 (fig. 2.9).

100 Masterworks From The Detroit Institute of Arts. New York, 1985, pp. 164-165 (ill.).

A Visitor's Guide,The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1995, p. 244.