Apr 18, 2024 - Sale 2666

Sale 2666 - Lot 258

Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
Peasant Mother and Child.

Drypoint on cream laid paper, circa 1894. 296x236 mm; 11¾x9¼ inches, full margins. Third state (of 5). One of only a few known proofs in this state (Breeskin notes another proof at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and a proof with background and color tones on the dresses and flesh in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.). Signed in pencil, lower right.

Provenance: the artist; Anna Rush Duer (née Whitehead), New York; Mary T. Cockcroft, New York; sold Swann Auction Galleries, New York, March 7, 2013, sale 2306, lot 96; private collection, Maine.

The majority of Mary T. Cockcroft's renowned collection of Cassatt paintings, pastels and 14 important aquatints and etchings was gifted to the Brooklyn Museum in 1946.

This exceedingly scarce drypoint predates the published color version of this subject, in drypoint and aquatint, also very uncommon and known in only a handful of extant impressions. Breeskin 159.