"Born at Valenciennes, in 1696; died at Paris, in 1736. Pupil of Watteau. French school. 103. The comical march. H. 29 in.; W. 24 in. This picture, an early work of Pater, has been engraved. Pater's works have always been eagerly sought by amateurs. In 1857, at the sale of the Patureau collection, two pictures of Pater were sold for 30,500 francs, and at the Demidoff sales, 17,800 and 52,000 francs were paid." [Pp. 42- 43.]
Catalogue of Pictures Belonging to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, No. 128 West 14th Street, New York.