347 (Breeskin 348)
Mother Combing Sara's Hair (No. 2)
Alternate title(s): Jeune mère coiffant son enfant; Maternité; Mother Combing Sara's Hair
Pastel on paper
18 3/8 x 24 1/4 in. (46.67 x 61.6 cm)
Inscribed lower left: Mary Cassatt
Private collection

provenance / ownership history
Ambroise Vollard, Paris, by 1908 (stock #2462)
Stephen Higgons, Paris, before 1965
Sotheby's, London, May 24, 1965, #B, ill., as Maternité
to Melvin and Estelle Gelman, Washington, D.C.
to private collection, by bequest
to Sotheby's, New York, May 13, 1992, #63, ill.
to private collection

exhibition history
1908 Durand-Ruel Paris: #41, as Jeune mère coiffant son enfant, lent by M. A[mbroise] V[ollard]
1978 Nat Collection DC: #27, as Mother Combing Sara's Hair, lent by Melvin and Estelle Gelman

published references
Los Angeles Times 1965: p. 2, as Maternité
Carson 1966: p. 71, ill.; p. 72, as Maternité
Vogel, C. 1992: p. C17, as "one by Mary Cassatt"
Ivinski 2004c: p. 153n23, as Mother Combing Sara's Hair (No. 2)


Washington, D.C., native Melvin Gelman (1918–1978) led the Gelman Construction Company, founded by his father in 1925. A graduate of George Washington University, Gelman remained closely associated with his alma mater, where the university library was named after him in 1980.


Mother Combing Sarah's Hair (No.2), c.1901, pastel counterproof on Japan paper, 18 1/4 x 23 7/8 in. (46.3 x 60.8 cm). (Photograph provided by Adelson Galleries, New York, N.Y.) [view all counterproofs]
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