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The enjoyable lesson
(L'Agréable Leçon)

oil on canvas
92.5 × 78.6 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1982
Gallery location
17th to 18th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Exhibited Salon, Paris, 1748, no. 19 (as two of four paintings); exhibited Salon, Paris, 1750, no. 24 (again as two of four paintings); possibly collection of M. Perinet, Paris; anonymous sale, Bonnefons, Paris, 1–2 February, 1839, no. 76 as La Leçon de flûte; collection of Dr Benoist until 1857; Benoist sale (conducted by M. Levillain) 30 March 1857, no. 4 as L’Agréable leçon; anonymous sale, 17 February 1868, no. 6; collection of the Earl and Countess (Hannah Primrose, nee Rothschild) of Rosebery, Mentmore Towers, Mentmore, Buckinghamshire, recorded 1884; with Knoedler Gallery (dealer), New York, by 1956; purchased from Knoedler Gallery by Rosenberg & Stiebel (dealer), New York, 1956; purchased from Rosenberg & Stiebel by Durand-Matthiesen (dealer), Geneva, 1956; Ortiz-Patiño Collection; by descent to Georges Ortiz-Patiño, Switzerland; with David Carritt Pty. Ltd. (dealer), 1982; from which purchased for the Felton Bequest, 1982.