226 (Breeskin 248)
Portrait of Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra
Alternate title(s): Louisine Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra; Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter; Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra; Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra; Mrs. Horace [sic] Havemeyer and Her Daughter; Portrait of Mrs. Havemeyer and Electra Havemeyer; Portrait of Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra Havemeyer
1895
Pastel on paper
24 x 30 1/2 in. (60.96 x 77.47 cm)
Inscribed upper right: Mary Cassatt/95/Mary
Collection of Shelburne Museum. Museum purchase, 1996; 27.3.1-49

provenance / ownership history
From the artist
to Henry O. and Louisine Havemeyer, New York, 1895 (Durand-Ruel, Paris photo #707)
to Louisine Havemeyer, New York, 1907
to her daughter (one of the sitters) Electra Havemeyer (Mrs. J. Watson) Webb, New York, 1929
to her daughter Electra Webb (Mrs. Dunbar) Bostwick, Shelburne, Vermont, by 1952
to her daughter Electra Bostwick (Mrs. Fletcher) McDowell, New York, by 1969
private collection
to Rick Lapham, Vermont and New York
to the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont, 1996

exhibition history
1952 Portraits NY: #10, as Mrs. Horace [sic] Havemeyer and Her Daughter, lent by Mrs. Dunbar Bostwick
1954 Chicago AIC: #248, ill., as Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar W. Bostwick, Shelburne, Vt.
1993 Met Museum NY: no #, as Louisine Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra
2003 Shelburne VT: no #, ill., as Portrait of Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra

published references
Met Museum NY 1931: p. 432, as Portrait of Mrs. Havemeyer and Electra Havemeyer
Art News 1952: p. 38, ill., as Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter
Gardner 1954: p. 35, ill., as Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter
Monro and Monro 1964: p. 91, as Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter
Carson 1966: p. 108, ill., as Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra
Sweet 1966: pl. 19, ill.; p. 140, as Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra
Hale, N. 1975: p. 175, as "Mrs. Havemeyer . . . holding . . . Electra"; following p. 288, ill., as Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra
Muller 1976: p. 5, ill., as Portrait of Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra
Roudebush 1979: p. 74, as "portrait of Mrs. Havemeyer and her daughter Electra"
Rubinstein 1982: p. 135, as Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra
Weitzenhoffer 1986: #56, color ill.; p.105, as Portrait of Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra
Collins 1987: p. 50, ill.; p. 51, as Portrait of Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra
Stein 1993: p. 218, as "portraits of Louisine and Electra"
Weinberg 1993b: pp. 84--85; p. 84, ill., as Louisine Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra
Wold 1993: pp. 299--300; p. 299, ill., as Louisine Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra
Mathews 1994: p. 235, ill., as Portrait of Mrs. Havemeyer and Her Daughter
Vogel, C. 1996b: p. C34, ill., as "portrait of Louisine Havemeyer and her daughter Electra"
Pollock 1998: p. 205, ill., as Louisine Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra; pp. 206--07, as "pastel portrait of Louisine Havemeyer and her daughter Electra"
Pollock 2002: p. 123; p. 124, ill., as Louisine Havemeyer and Her Daughter Electra

commentary

During the summer of 1895, the Havemeyer family traveled through Europe buying Renaissance and modern works of art. Both this picture of Electra Havemeyer (1888–1960) and her mother Louisine Havemeyer (1855–1929) and the pastel depicting Electra's sister Adaline, Portrait of Adaline Havemeyer Frelinghuysen, were done during the Havemeyers' August 1895 visit to Cassatt's country home, the Château de Beaufresne. Durand-Ruel photographed the pastels in Paris before they were shipped to the United States.

Electra Havemeyer married J. Watson Webb (1844–1960) in February 1910 and with her husband founded the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.

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