169 (Breeskin 189)
Baby's First Caress
Alternate title(s): A Caress; Child and Nurse; First Caress; Jeune mère; La caresse; La caresse de l'enfant; La première caresse; Maternal Love; Mère et enfant; ?Mother and Child; Mother's Caress; The Caress; The First Caress; The Young Mother; Une Caresse
c. 1890--91
Pastel on paper
29 1/4 x 23 3/4 in. (74.29 x 60.33 cm)
Unsigned
New Britain Museum of American Art, Harriet Russell Stanley Fund, 1948.14

provenance / ownership history
From the artist
to Durand-Ruel, Paris, December 22, 1890 (Paris stock #805, Paris photo #512)
to Durand-Ruel, New York, March 13, 1895 (N.Y. stock #1391)
to Henry O. and Louisine Havemeyer, New York, April 8, 1895
to Louisine Havemeyer, New York, 1907
to her daughter Electra Havemeyer (Mrs. J. Watson) Webb, New York, 1929, until at least 1942
to her daughter Electra Webb (Mrs. Dunbar) Bostwick, New York, until 1948
Macbeth Gallery, New York
to New Britain Musuem of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut, 1948

exhibition history
1891 Durand-Ruel Paris: #2, as Une caresse
1893 Durand-Ruel Paris: #25, as La caresse, lent by Mr. Durand-Ruel
1895 Durand-Ruel NY: #26, as La caresse, lent by a private collection
1898 Durand-Ruel NY: no # yet known
1915 Knoedler NY: #58, as Maternal Love
1928 Durand-Ruel NY: #1, as Mère et enfant, lent anonymously
1941--42 Baltimore Museum: #22, as The First Caress, lent by Mrs. J. Watson Webb
1968 Danenberg NY: #42, ill., as First Caress
1970 National Gallery DC: #47, ill., as Baby's First Caress, lent by the New Britain Museum of American Art
1978 Nat Collection DC: #13, as Baby's First Caress, lent by the New Britain Museum of American Art
1989 National Gallery DC: #11-2, as Baby's First Caress

published references
Art moderne 1891: p. 359 in Leard, as "une mère et son enfant"
Dalligny 1891: p. 335 in Leard, as "des pastels"
Fénéon 1891: p. 1728; p. 337 in Leard, as "les deux pastels"
Lecomte 1891: p. 353 in Leard, as "deux pastels"
Matin 1891: p. 324 in Leard, as "quatre toiles"
Lecomte 1892: p. 129, ill. by A.-M. Lauzet in a dry point after the pastel, as Jeune mère
[Rappel] 1893: n.p., as La caresse
Art français 1893: n.p., as "jeune feme assise . . . tenant un enfant nu sur ses genoux"
NY Times 1895b: p. 4, as The Young Mother
Riordan 1898: p. 131, ill., as Child and Nurse
Dacier 1903: p. 507, ill., as La caresse
Mauclair 1904: between pp. 204--205, ill., as La caresse
NY Times Magazine 1907c: Part Five, Magazine Section, p. 8, ill., as The Caress
MacChesney 1913: p. 267, ill., as The Caress
Segard 1913: following p. 32, ill., as La caresse de l'enfant
Philadelphia Evening Bulletin 1924: p. 3, as Mother's Caress
NY Herald Tribune 1926: p. 15, as Mother's Caress
NY Times 1926a: p. 25, as Mother's Caress
Philadelphia Public Ledger 1926: p. 3, as Mother's Caress
Cary 1928: p. 130, as "pastel of a mother and child"
Alexandre, A. 1930: p. 53, ill., as La première caresse
Edouard-Joseph 1930: p. 250, as La caresse de l'enfant
Met Museum NY 1931: p. 437, ill., as The First Caress
NY Times 1931: p. 18, is this is the work listed as "Mother and Child (pastel) . . . 2,500"
Monro and Monro 1948: p. 125, as La caresse de l'enfant
Bullard 1972: p. 50; p. 51, color pl. 15, ill., as Baby's First Caress
New Britain Museum 1975: p. 49, ill., as First Caress
Yaegashi and Kashiwa 1978: p. 33; p. 34, ill.
Munro 1979: p. 69, ill., as First Caress
Roudebush 1979: p. 55, ill.: p. 74, as Baby's First Caress
Getlein 1980: p. 74, ill., as Baby's First Caress
Love 1980: pl. 11, ill., as Baby's First Caress
Pollock 1980: pp. 14, 15; p. 54, ill.; p. 70, as Baby's First Caress
Baigell 1984: pp. 124, 145; p. 146, ill., as First Caress
Weitzenhoffer 1986: pp. 104, 130, as Baby's First Caress
Mathews and Shapiro 1989: p. 136; p. 139, ill.; p. 140, as Baby's First Caress
Van Buren 1989: pp. 133--34, 138, 140, 143, as Baby's First Caress
Effeny 1991: pp. 102, 104; p. 105, ill., as Baby's First Caress
Chessman 1993: p. 252, as Baby's First Caress
Rabinow 1993: p. 95, as "#58"
Stein 1993: pp. 218, 223, as Baby's First Caress
Wold 1993: p. 298; p. 299, ill., as Baby's First Caress
Constantino 1995: p. 65, ill., as Baby's First Caress
Gruitrooy 1996: p. 64; p. 65, ill., as Baby's First Caress
Ivinski 1997: p. 11, ill.; p. 12, as Baby's First Caress
Davis 1998: p. 490, as A Caress
Pollock 1998: pp. 199-200; p. 200, ill., as Baby's First Caress
Cantor 2000: p. 127, as Baby's First Caress

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