This picture is a copy, in reverse, of a painting by Prud'hon, exhibited at the Salons of 1808 and 1814 and now in the Louvre. Related works include a chalk drawing in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, a painted study in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Chartres, and a copy sold at Sotheby's, New York, on May 28, 1981, no. 20, and owned by Paul Rosenberg & Co. in 1982 (ex collection Henri Marcel). The MMA painting is the only composition that is reversed.
There are several prints after the Louvre painting (see E. Goncourt, "Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint, dessiné et gravé de P. P. Prud'hon," 1876, pp. 105–6), but only two reproductions in the reversed format are known, from 1886 and 1887 (see Laveissière 1991).