30 October 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 8,125
Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000
Head of Margaret Sloane (No. 1) (B. 92)
drypoint, circa 1893, on Vanderley laid paper, a delicate impression with strong plate tone, Breeskin's only state, signed in pencil, annotated 'état,' with full margins (deckle along all sides), minor surface soiling, occasional soft handling and printing creases, a few stray ink fingerprints in the margins, a few areas of pale staining in the margins, pinholes in the margins at the four image corners, minute glue remains at the extreme lower left and right margin corners, otherwise in good condition
P. 10 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. (264 x 175 mm.)
S. 13¾ x 8 in. (349 x 203 mm.)
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The sketch plate has a long history in printmaking. In the tradition of Rembrandt and others, Cassatt maintained a lighthearted approach to her drypoints, even while producing her major color prints (the present lot is dated to around the same time period as Gathering Fruit [see lots 55 and 56]).
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Studies of the Head of Saskia and Others, etching, 1636.
Robert Hartshorne, New Jersey (L. 2215b)
By descent to the present owner.
A.D. Breeskin, The Graphic Work of Mary Cassatt, New York, 1979, cat. 92.
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