112 (Breeskin 139)
Lady at the Tea Table
Alternate title(s): A Lady at Tea; La dame prenant le thé; Lady at a Tea Table; Lady at Tea; Lady at Tea Table; Lady at the Tea-table; Lady at the Tea Table (Mrs. R. M. Riddle); Mrs. Riddle; Mrs. Robert Moore Riddle; Portrait; Portrait of a Lady; The Lady at the Tea Table; Woman at the Tea Table
1883--85
Oil on canvas
29 x 24 in. (73.66 x 60.96 cm)
Inscribed lower left: Mary Cassatt/1885
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the artist, 1923

provenance / ownership history
From the artist
to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1923

exhibition history
1914 Durand-Ruel Paris: #8, as Portrait
1915 Knoedler NY: #44, as Lady at the Tea Table
1926--27 Chicago AIC: #10, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1927 Penn Museum: #11, as Lady at the Tea Table
1928 Carnegie Institute: #13, as Lady at the Tea Table
1941--42 Baltimore Museum: #16, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1946 Tate London: #38, as Lady at the Tea Table, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1947 Wildenstein NY: #15, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1954 Chicago AIC: #14, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
1955 Pennsylvania Academy: #111, as Lady at the Tea Table, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1962 Baltimore Museum: #110, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1969 Joslyn Omaha: #9, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1970 National Gallery DC: #34, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1978 MFA Boston: #17, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1984 Coe Kerr NY: #19, ill., as Lady at a Tea Table, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1993 Met Museum NY: no #, as Lady at the Tea Table
2006--07 National Gallery London: #100, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table, from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)

published references
Arts & Decoration 1915: p. 282, as Portrait
Cortissoz 1915: p. 3, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Havemeyer, L. 1915: pp. 9, 10, as Lady at the Tea Table
NY Evening Post 1915b: p. 7, as Lady at the Tea Table
NY Times Magazine 1915b: p. 14, ill., as "Painting by Mary Cassatt"; p. 15, as "an old lady in a bonnet taking tea"
NY World 1915b: p. 7, as Lady at the Tea Table
Burroughs, B. 1922: p. 55, as Lady at the Tea Table
Alexandre, A. 1924: pp. 132--33, as La dame prenant le thé
Biddle 1926: p. 109, ill., as Lady at the Tea-table
Abbot 1927: p. 388, ill.; p. 393, as Lady at the Tea Table
Art News 1927b: p. 2, as Lady at the Tea Table
Grafly 1927a: p. 9, as "portrait that had been rejected"
Grafly 1927b: p. 308, as Lady at the Tea Table
Havemeyer, L. 1927: p. 381, as Lady at the Tea Table
Ziegler 1927: p. 3, as Lady at the Tea Table
Pittsburgh Index 1928: p. 12, as Lady at the Tea Table
Watson 1929: cover, ill., as Lady at the Tea-table
Met Museum NY 1931: p. 294, as Woman at the Tea Table
Biddle 1939: p. 220, as Portrait of a Lady
Walker and James 1943: #74, ill.; p. 21, as Lady at the Tea Table
Breuning 1944: p. 7; p. 20, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Crane 1944: p. 63, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Jewell 1944: p. 105, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Baldinger 1946: p. 160, as Lady at the Tea Table
Mather 1946: p. 306, ill., as Lady at the Tea-table
Breeskin 1948: p. 18, as The Lady at the Tea Table
Gardner 1948: p. 117, ill., as Lady at a Tea Table
Monro and Monro 1948: p. 125, as Lady at the Tea Table
Art Digest 1954: p. 24, as Lady at the Tea Table
Hale, R. 1954: p. 183, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Life 1955: p. 74, ill., as Lady at Tea
Cheney 1956: p. 336, as A Lady at Tea
Arts 1957: p. 12, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Eberhart 1959: p. 49, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Johnson, L. 1962: p. 20, as Lady at Tea Table
Monro and Monro 1964: p. 91, as Lady at the Tea Table
Andrews and McCoy 1965: p. 64, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Carson 1966: pp. 59--60, as Lady at the Tea Table
Sweet 1966: pl. 13, ill.; pp. 85--86, 92, 102, as Lady at the Tea Table
Schlenoff 1969: p. 511, as The Lady at the Tea Table
Hoopes 1972: p. 34; p. 33, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Pickvance 1973: p. 746, as Lady at the Tea Table
Hale, N. 1975: pp. xxiv, xxvi; following p. 120, ill.; pp. 130--31, as Lady at the Tea-table; p. 165, as "portrait of Mrs Riddle"; p. 258, as "Riddle portrait"
Withers 1976: p. 336, ill., as Mrs. Riddle
Henkes 1977: n.p., ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Antiques 1978: pp. 210, 216, as Lady at the Tea Table
Russell 1978: p. 96, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Shapiro 1978: p. 6; p. 8, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Taylor, R. 1978: n.p., as Mrs. Robert Moore Riddle
Breeskin 1979: p. 16, as The Lady at the Tea Table
Roudebush 1979: p. 28, ill.; p. 53, as Lady at the Tea Table
Getlein 1980: p. 44, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Love 1980: pl. 7, ill.; pp. 65--66, as Lady at the Tea Table
Pollock 1980: p. 24; p. 92, ill.; p. 94, as Lady at a Tea Table
Teilman 1981: pp. 94--96; p. 95, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Glueck 1984: p. C28, as Mrs. Robert Moore Riddle
Mathews 1984: p. 175, ill.; pp. 176n2, 321n1, 336, as Lady at the Tea Table; p. 330n1, as "portrait . . . of Mrs. Riddle"; letters: Katherine Cassatt to Alexander Cassatt, November 30 [1883], p. 174, as "Mary asked Mrs. Riddle to sit for her portrait"; MC to Alexander Cassatt, May 17 [1885], p. 194, as "Mrs Riddles portrait"; MC to Louisine Havemeyer, February 4 [1915], pp. 320--21, as "Mrs R's portrait"; MC to Louisine Havemeyer, December 12 [1917], p. 330, as "the portrait you are keeping for me"
Seldin 1984: n.p., fig. 19, ill., as Lady at a Tea Table
Spassky 1984: cover, ill.; p. 13, pl. 4, ill.; p. 12, as Lady at the Tea Table
Davidson and Stillinger 1985: fig. 490, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Lindsay 1985: p. 15, ill.; p. 93, as Lady at the Tea Table
Spassky 1985: pp. 639--42; p. 639, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
McQuillan 1986: p. 174; p. 175, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Weitzenhoffer 1986: #9, color ill.; pp. 36, 219--20, 225, as Lady at the Tea Table
Gregory and Lyon 1987: p. 53; p. 54, ill., as Lady at a Tea Table
Mathews 1987: pp. 60--62; p. 61, ill., as Lady at a Tea Table
Effeny 1991: pp. 25, 78; p. 79, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Mathews 1992: n.p., pl. 6, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Havemeyer, L. 1993: p. 343n441, as Lady at the Tea Table
Rabinow 1993: p. 89; p. 90, ill.; p. 94nn12--13, as Lady at the Tea Table
Stein 1993: p. 265, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Mathews 1994: pp. 165--67; p. 166, ill.; pp. 304--05, as Lady at the Tea Table
Constantino 1995: p. 9; p. 49, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Gruitrooy 1996: pp. 40--41, ill. (detail); pp. 41--42; p. 45, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table
Nochlin 1997: pp. 61--62; p. 61, ill.; p. 64, as Lady at the Tea Table
Tinterow 1997: p. 100, as Lady at the Tea Table (Mrs. R. M. Riddle)
Pollock 1998: p. 27, ill. in installation photograph of 1927 Penn Museum exhibition; p. 210, ill. in installation photo of 1915 Knoedler NY exhibition; p. 212; p. 213, ill., as Lady at a Tea Table
Shapiro 1998: p. 46, ill.; p. 47, ill. (detail); pp.41, 45, 76, as Lady at the Tea Table
Mathews 2000: p. 310, ill.; pp. 312, 313, as Lady at the Tea Table
Yoshihara 2003: pp. 49--50, as Lady at a Tea Table
Meyers 2005: p. 258, as Lady at the Tea Table
Riopelle 2006: p. 212, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table; p. 220, as "cats 100"
Shapiro 2008: p. 94, ill., as Lady at the Tea Table

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 tea
 table
 older
 woman
 sitting
 black
 dress
 lace
 hat
 scarf
 portrait
 looking right
 blue
 cup
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