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    Sale 2085

    A Mary Cassatt Collection: Prints and Drawings from the Descendants of Robert Hartshorne

    30 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 10


    Two Ladies in a Loge, Facing Left (No. 2): final state and transfer drawing (B. 17; see B. CR 755)

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    Two Ladies in a Loge, Facing Left (No. 2): final state and transfer drawing (B. 17; see B. CR 755)
    soft-ground etching and aquatint plus soft-ground transfer pencil drawing, circa 1882, on Frères and thin wove paper respectively, the print Breeskin's fourth (final) state, a fine, atmospheric impression with rich plate tone, both signed in pencil, with full margins (deckle along all sides) and the full sheet respectively, (print) with surface soiling (primarily in the margins), occasional diagonal creasing (partially affecting the image), a few areas of stray ink in the margins, two small losses at the upper right margin edge, a 2-in. paper inclusion along the lower right margin edge, three brown ink stains at the reverse of the right margin edge (showing through), pencil notations at the lower margin edge, hinge and glue remains at the reverse of the upper and lower left corners (with associated skinning), (drawing) with offset oil staining and handling creases throughout, heavy greenish soiling (presumably from mordant) and a repaired tear at the upper left margin corner, otherwise both in good condition
    (print) P. 8 3/8 x 6¼ in. (213 x 159 mm.)
    S. 14 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. (365 x 270 mm.); and
    (drawing) S. 14¼ x 11 in. (362 x 279 mm.) (2)

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    Robert Hartshorne, New Jersey (L. 2215b)
    By descent to the present owner.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the drawing in this lot is related to the soft-ground etching in theme only. It is presumably a transfer drawing for a separate larger etching, for which no impressions are known to exist. The present drawing does not appear in Breeskin's catalogue raisonné of Cassatt's oils, pastels, watercolors, and drawings, but bears a resemblance to catalogue number 755.


    A.D. Breeskin, The Graphic Work of Mary Cassatt, New York, 1979, cat. 17.
    see A.D. Breeskin, Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings, Washington, D.C., 1970, p. 259, cat. 755.