375 (Breeskin 140)
Study of One of the Little Sisters
Alternate title(s): Head of a Child; Head of a Girl; Head of Girl
Pastel on paper
19 x 13 3/4 in. (48.26 x 34.92 cm)
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Gift of Susan Blanchard, in memory of her mother Mrs. Oscar Hammerstein II

provenance / ownership history
Payson T. Thompson, New York
to Albert E. McVitty, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and later Princeton, New Jersey, by 1936
to his widow, Ruth Dwight McVitty, Princeton, New Jersey; placed on consignment with M. Knoedler & Co., New York, March 5, 1954 (consignment #WCA 1651)
to Dorothy Blanchard (Mrs. Oscar) Hammerstein II, New York, March 2, 1957 (through M. Knoedler & Co., New York)
to her daughter Susan Blanchard, New York
to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., 2005

exhibition history
1936 Baltimore Museum: #5, as Head of a Child, lent by Alfred [sic] E. McVitty
1939 State Museum Trenton: #8, as Head of Girl, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. McVitty
1942 Print Club Phila: no #, no further information
1978 Nat Collection DC: #7, as Study of One of the Little Sisters, lent by Mrs. Oscar Hammerstein II, New York

published references
Baum 1942: n.p., as "Albert E. McVitty lends . . . a child's head"
Museum of Women 2005: p. 26, ill., as Study of One of the Little Sisters


Little is known about Payson T. Thompson. In January 1928, he offered a collection of modern American paintings, including 24 oils and pastels by Cassatt, for sale at auction at the American Art Association in New York. Study of One of the Little Sisters was not in the 1928 sale; Thompson sold the pastel directly to Albert E. McVitty.

A resident of Princeton, New Jersey, Albert E. McVitty (d. 1948) spent his entire business career with Philadelphia leather merchants Leas & McVitty. A patron of the arts, McVitty owned large groups of prints by Rembrandt and Goya in addition to numerous works by Cassatt.

Dorothy Blanchard Hammerstein (1899–1987), widow of the lyricist and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, enjoyed a successful career as an interior designer. She supported philanthropic causes including Welcome House Adoption Services and the Dance Theater of Harlem.

Susan Blanchard is the daughter of Dorothy Blanchard Hammerstein and the stepdaughter of Oscar Hammerstein II.


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