The original composition of this charming study of a young child is in the Wallace Collection, London (P419). The Waddesdon canvas was probably painted by the studio of Greuze after a sketch or model by the artist. The dog featured in the Wallace painting has been painted out, and the ball in the boy's right hand has been replaced by a top.
Anita Brookner, French Pictures at Waddesdon, The Burlington Magazine, 101, 1959, 271-273; pp. 271-272
Ellis Waterhouse, Anthony Blunt; Paintings: The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor; Fribourg; Office du Livre, The National Trust; 1967; p. 238, cat. no. 108
John Ingamells; The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Pictures; 4 vols; London; The Trustees of the Wallace Collection (London); 1985-1989; vol. 3, pp. 194-195