275 (Breeskin 298)
Mrs. Harris Whittemore and Baby Helen
Alternate title(s): Mother and Baby Helen; Mrs. Harris Whittemore and Her Daughter Helen; Portrait of Mrs. Harris Whittemore and Her Daughter Helen
1898
Pastel on paper
23 x 19 in. (58.42 x 48.26 cm)
Inscribed lower left: Mary Cassatt
A. C. A. Galleries, New York

provenance / ownership history
From the artist
likely commissioned by Harris Whittemore, Naugatuck, Connecticut, 1898 (through Durand-Ruel, Paris); with Harris Whittemore estate until at least 1942
his grandson Austin L. Adams Jr. (son of "Baby Helen"), Los Angeles, California, by 1966
to private collection, by descent
Adelson Galleries, New York, 1992
Hammer Galleries, New York, 1992
to Jules Brassner, Palm Beach, Florida, 1997
private collection; did not sell when offered at Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, May 22, 2001, #102, ill.
with Martha Parrish and James Reinish, Inc., by February 2005
with A.C.A. Galleries, New York, by March 2008

exhibition history
1941--42 Baltimore Museum: #33, as Mother and Baby Helen, lent by the Harris Whittemore Collection

published references
Sweet 1958: p. 213, as "Mrs. Harris Whittemore with her daughter Helen"
Sweet 1966: pp. 151, 152, as Portrait of Mrs. Harris Whittemore and Her Daughter Helen
Hale, N. 1975: p. 178, as Mrs. Harris Whittemore and Baby Helen
Mathews 1994: p. 249, as "Mrs. Harris Whittemore with her baby daughter"
Berman 2001f: n.p., as Mrs. Harris Whittemore and Baby Helen
Smith, D.S. 2005: n.p., as Mrs. Harris Whittemore and Baby Helen

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