According to a label on the reverse of the canvas, the picture was in the collection of Augustin Dupré until 1833, the year of his death. Born in 1748 and trained by the sculptor David, Dupré went on to become the 14th Graveur général des Monnaies de France. He was at the forefront of the coin and medal design and mint operation for both Louis XVI and Napoleon Bonaparte as well as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. The composition created by Dupré for the 5-franc represented the French republic for almost 200 years.
Collection of Augustin Dupré, until 1833;
Private Collection, France
R.Trogan & Ph. Sorel, 'Augustin Dupré (1748-1833), graveur général des Monnaies de France. Collections du musée Carnavalet', Paris, 2000, no. 18