DEGAS, Edgar

Paris 1834 - Paris 1917

[25 cire] Cheval au galop sur le pied droit

[25 wax] Horse with Jockey; Horse Galloping on Right Foot, Back Left only Touching the Ground (for Jockey No.35)

possibly 1890s

pigmented beeswax, metal armature, cork, and wood base

equestrian statue(tte)

Dimensions (HxWxD): 7 716 x 2 1316 x 12 1116; height without base (of horse): 7 18 in.

on wax near back left hoof: Degas

Acc. No.: 1999.80.14

Credit Line: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Photo credit: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

© Artist:


  • The artist [1834-1917]
  • His heirs
  • Paris, Adrien-Aurélien Hébrard [1865-1937]
  • Paris, his daughter, Nelly Hébrard [1904-1985]
  • 1955, consigned to M. Knoedler & Company, Inc., New York
  • 1956, May, purchased by Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia
  • 1999, bequest to NGA


  • Museum’s website, October 30, 2012
  • 1991 Pingeot
    Anne Pingeot, Degas Sculptures, Paris, 1991, no. 49
  • 1995 Campbell
    Sara Campbell, "Degas' Bronzes - Introduction and a Catalogue," Apollo, vol. 142, no. 402, August 1995, no. 25
  • 1995 Pingeot
    Anne Pingeot, "The casting of Degas' sculptures: Completing the story", Apollo, 142, August 1995, p. 60-63
  • 2002 Czestochowski and Pingeot
    Joseph S. Czestochowski and Anne Pingeot, Degas Sculptures: Catalogue Raisonné of the Bronzes, Memphis, International Arts, 2002, p. 170-171
  • 2010 Lindsay, Barbour, Sturman
    Suzanne Glover Lindsay, Daphne S. Barbour, and Shelley G. Sturman, Edgar Degas Sculpture. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue, Washington, D.C., 2010, no. 14a, p. 107-111, color repro.


  • Museum's website, October 30, 2012

    1955 New York
    Edgar Degas 1834-1917: Original Wax Sculptures, M. Knoedler & Company, Inc., New York, 1955, no. 14, repro.

    1956 Richmond
    Sculpture by Degas, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1956

    1991 Washington
    Art for the Nation: Gifts in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1991, unnumbered catalogue, color repro.

    1998 Washington
    Degas at the Races, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1998, no. 123, repro.

    1999 Washington
    An Enduring Legacy: Masterpieces from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1999-2000, no cat.

Related works

  • See the matching Jockey, 1999.80.15.