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Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1845-1926)

Lydia Seated on a Porch, Crocheting

Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1845-1926)
Lydia Seated on a Porch, Crocheting
signed 'Mary Cassatt' lower left
oil and tempera on canvas
15 x 24¼in. (38.1 x 61.5cm.)
Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, France (11520) (21632)
Mrs. Montgomery Sears, Boston, Massachusetts
Mrs. Cornelius J. Sullivan, New York
Sale: New York, Sotheby's, December 6, 1939, lot 169
Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York
Mrs. E.N. Graham (Elizabeth Arden), New York
M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York
Mr. and Mrs. Lansing W. Thoms, St. Louis, Missouri
Sale: London, England, Christie's, April 6, 1976, lot 17 as La Serre
Arts, June 1927, vol. II, p. 296, no. 6
City Art Museum of St. Louis Bulletin, 1961, vol. 44, p. 33, no. 4, illus.
A.D. Breeskin, Mary Cassatt, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors and Drawings, Washington, DC, 1970, p. 64, no. 102, illus.
Paris, France, Galerie Durand-Ruel, Exposition de tableaux et pastels pour Mary Cassatt, March 1924, no. 31
Springfield, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, he Opening Exhibition in Honor of James Philip and Julia Emma Gray, October-November 1933, no. 100
Palm Beach, Florida, Society of the Four Arts, The French Impressionists, February-March 1946, no. 4
St. Louis, Missouri, City Art Museum, A Galaxy of Treasures from St. Louis Collections, January-February 1961
New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Inc. The Paintings of Mary Cassatt, February 1966, no. 9, illus. St. Louis, Missouri, City Art Museum, American Art in St. Louis, October-November 1969

Lot Essay

This picture was executed circa 1881, approximately two years after Cassatt made her debut with the Impressionists in Paris in their fourth exhibition. Also known as La Serre, this work is related to a larger painting, Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) which depicts a closer view of Lydia.

This picture will be included in the Cassatt Committee's revision of Adelyn Dohme Breeskin's catalogue raisonné of the works of Mary Cassatt.


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