311 (Breeskin 339)
Antoinette Holding Her Child by Both Hands
Alternate title(s): Antoine Holding Her Child by Both Hands; Mère jouant avec son enfant; Mother and Child; Mother and Nude Baby; Mother Playing with Her Child
Oil on canvas
28 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. (73.03 x 60.33 cm)
Inscribed lower left: Mary Cassatt
Last known when offered at Christie's, New York, 2006

provenance / ownership history
Durand-Ruel, Paris, c. November 1899 (Paris stock #5511, Paris photo #1421), probably from the artist
to Alfred Atmore and Ada Brooks Pope, Cleveland, Ohio, and Farmington, Connecticut
to Ada Brooks Pope, 1913, by bequest
to her daughter Theodate Pope (Mrs. John Wallace) Riddle, Farmington, Connecticut, 1920, by bequest
John Levy Galleries, New York
to M. Knoedler & Co., New York, July 25, 1944 (stock #A 2943)
to J. Lee and Ruth Carter Johnson III, Fort Worth, Texas, November 1948
to private collection, by descent
to Christie's, New York, November 30, 2006, #16, ill.

exhibition history
1946 Univ North Carolina: #21, as Mother and Nude Baby, lent by Knoedler
1947 Wildenstein NY: #44, as Mother and Nude Baby, lent by M. Knoedler & Co. Inc.
1966b Knoedler NY: #35, ill., as Antoine Holding Her Child by Both Hands, lent by Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Johnson III

published references
Good Housekeeping 1910: p. 143, ill., as Mother Playing with Her Child
Valerio 1930: pl. 11, ill., as Mère jouant avec son enfant
Millier 1947: p. C4, as Mother and Child
Mathews 1984: letter: possibly MC to Ada Pope, April 7 [1900], p. 274, if this is the work described as "my little picture"


Alfred Atmore Pope (1842–1913), a Cleveland industrialist, and his wife Ada retired to Hill-Stead, a country estate in Farmington, Connecticut. Their daughter Theodate Pope Riddle (1867–1946), a close friend of Cassatt's, designed Hill-Stead, now a museum featuring the Impressionist pictures collected by the Pope family.


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