133 (Breeskin 199)
Agatha and Her Child
Alternate title(s): Femme et enfant; ?La jeune mère; Mother and Child; Woman and Child
c. 1883--85
Pastel on paper
25 5/8 x 21 1/4 in. (65.09 x 53.97 cm)
Inscribed lower left: Mary Cassatt
The Butler Institute of American Art, Museum Purchase, 1947

provenance / ownership history
From the artist
to Paul Durand-Ruel, Paris, June 1, 1891 (Paris stock #997, Paris photo #513)
to Durand-Ruel, New York, March 13, 1895 (N. Y. stock #1384)
to Durand-Ruel, Paris, August 5, 1895 (Paris stock #3382)
to E[duard] Arnhold, February 3, 1906
John H. Betz
to the Butler Art Institute, now the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio (through M. Knoedler & Co., New York, stock #WCA1026), June 30, 1947

exhibition history
1893 Durand-Ruel Paris: #27, as Femme et enfant, lent by Mr. Durand-Ruel
1895 Durand-Ruel NY: #11, as La jeune mère
1955 Grand Rapids MI: #1, as Mother and Child, lent by the Butler Institute of American Art
1959 Westmoreland PA: #20, as Mother and Child, lent by the Butler Institute of American Art
1959--60 Milwaukee: no further information
1974 Grand Rapids MI: #1, ill., as Agatha and Her Child, lent by the Butler Institute of American Art
1978 Nat Collection DC: #15, as Agatha and Her Child, lent by the Butler Institute of American Art
1993 Brandywine PA: no #, as Agatha and Her Child
1999 Eaton FL: #7, as Agatha and Her Child

published references
Lecomte 1892: p. 243, as "un pastel de Miss Cassatt"
Segard 1913: following p. 40, ill., as Femme et enfant
Wager-Smith 1914: p. 1, ill., as Woman and Child
Fontainas and Vauxcelles 1922: p. 313, ill., as Femme et enfant
Edouard-Joseph 1930: p. 250, as Femme et enfant
Valerio 1930: pl. 4, ill., as Femme et enfant
Monro and Monro 1948: p. 125, as Femme et enfant
Butler Institute 1951: p. 23; p. 55, ill., as Mother and Child
Monro and Monro 1964: p. 91, as Mother and Child
Butler Institute 1979: n.p., as Agatha and Her Child
Buettner 1986: p. 17, as Agatha and Her Child

commentary

Although Agatha and Her Child was assigned a stock number when purchased by Durand-Ruel, Paris, in 1891, the work was listed as having being lent by the private collection of Paul Durand-Ruel to the gallery's 1893 Cassatt exhibition. Gallery records indicate that the picture was sold in 1906 to "E. Arnhold," presumably Eduard Arnhold (1849–1925), the German coal mining millionaire. Originally a collector of German art, Arnhold turned to the French Impressionists after 1896, and his wife Johanna (1860–1928) was renowned for collecting and commissioning works by women artists.

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