241 (Breeskin 258)
Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat
Alternate title(s): Little Girl in White Coat; Little Girl in White Coat and Bonnet; Portrait of Ellen Mary Cassatt; Portrait of Ellen Mary Cassatt in White Coat and Bonnet; Portrait of Ellen Mary Cassat in White Coat; Portrait of Miss Ellen Mary Cassatt; The Little Infanta; The White Coat; The White Coat (Mrs. Horace Binney Hare)
1897
Oil on canvas
32 x 23 3/4 in. (81.28 x 60.33 cm)
Inscribed lower left: Mary Cassatt
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Anonymous Fractional Gift in honor of Ellen Mary Cassatt, 1982.630

provenance / ownership history
From the artist
to the sitter, Ellen Mary Cassatt (Mrs. Horace Binney) Hare, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
to her son Charles W. Hare, Cambridge, Massachusetts
to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, 1982

exhibition history
1927 Penn Museum: #30, as Portrait of Miss Ellen Mary Cassatt
1933--34 City Art St Louis: #1, as Portrait of Ellen Mary Cassatt, lent by Mrs. Horace Hare
1939 Haverford PA: #9, as The Little Infanta, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Horace Binney Hare
1945 Wildenstein NY: #40, as Little Girl in White Coat and Bonnet, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Horace B. Hare
1947 Wildenstein NY: #23, ill., as Portrait of Ellen Mary Cassatt, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Horace B. Hare
1951 Carnegie Institute: #111, ill., as Portrait of Ellen Mary Cassatt in White Coat and Bonnet, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Horace Binney Hare
1953 Phila Museum: #53, as Little Girl in White Coat, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Horace Binney Hare
1960 Phila Museum: no #, as The White Coat (Mrs. Horace Binney Hare)
1965 Pennsylvania Academy: #20, as Little Girl in White Coat, lent by Mrs. Horace B. Hare
1966b Knoedler NY: #27, ill., as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat, lent by Mrs. Horace B. Hare
1970 National Gallery DC: #57, ill., as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat, lent by Charles W. Hare
1978 MFA Boston: #23, ill., as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat, lent anonymously
1979 Portland ME: no #, as Ellen Mary in a White Coat
1981 Isetan Japan: #30, ill., as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat, lent by private collection
1998--99 Chicago AIC: #81, ill., as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat, lent by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Chicago, Boston, Washington)

published references
Art News 1927b: p. 2, as Portrait of Miss Ellen Mary Cassatt
Brinton 1939: n.p., as The Little Infanta
Richter 1939: p. 9, as The Little Infanta
Louchheim 1945: p. 15, ill., as Little Girl in White Coat and Bonnet
Meadmore 1963: p. 189, as "oil painting . . . of a child in a white cape and bonnet"
Bullard 1972: p. 60; p. 61, color pl. 20, ill., as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat
Hale, N. 1975: p. 175, as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat
Pollock 1980: pp. 16, 60; p. 62, ill.; pp. 72, 110, 119, as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat
Gordon 1985: p. 48, ill.; p. 51, as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat
Lindsay 1985: p. 94, as Portrait of Miss Ellen Mary Cassatt or The White Coat
Mathews 1987: pp. 97, 100; p. 101, ill.; p. 117, as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat
Gordon 1991: p. 158, as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat
Mathews 1994: p. 237, ill., as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat
Constantino 1995: p. 11, as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat
Pollock 1998: p. 27, ill. in installation photograph of 1927 Penn Museum exhibition; p. 132, ill., as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat
Shapiro 1998: p. 69; p. 73, ill.; p. 76, as Ellen Mary in a White Coat
Meyers 2005: pp. 288--89, as Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat

commentary

In 1926, the artist James Bolivar Manson together with Lucien Pissarro, son of Cassatt's Impressionist colleague Camille Pissarro, attempted to place a pastel by Cassatt in the collection of the Tate Gallery, London. When the museum's board of trustees turned down the work, Manson wrote to Lucien, "Do you think Miss Cassatt would give us anything if she heard we had tried to buy the other? I should like to find some way of getting that lovely oil painting in her room of a child in a white cape and bonnet."[1] The painting he mentioned, Ellen Mary Cassatt in a White Coat, remained with Cassatt until she gave it to the sitter, her favorite niece.

PAI

[1] James Bolivar Manson to Lucien Pissarro, in W. S. Meadmore, Lucien Pissarro, Un coeur simple (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963), p. 189.

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