355 (Breeskin 379)
Sara Handing a Toy to the Baby
Alternate title(s): Awakening of the Baby; Awakening of the Baby (Le lever de bébé); La toilette de l'enfant; Le lever de bébé; Le lever de l'enfant; Le lever du bébé;Lever du bébé; Mère et deux enfants; The Toilet; The Toilet: Mother and Two Children; The Toilette
Oil on canvas
33 x 27 in. (83.82 x 68.58 cm)
Inscribed lower right: Mary Cassatt
Alfred Atmore Pope Collection, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT

provenance / ownership history
Durand-Ruel, Paris, c. January--May 1902 (Paris stock #6914, Paris photo #3916), probably from the artist
to Alfred Atmore and Ada Brooks Pope, Cleveland, Ohio, and Farmington, Connecticut, by 1905
to Ada Brooks Pope, 1913, by descent
to her daughter Theodate Pope (Mrs. John Wallace) Riddle, Farmington, Connecticut, 1920, by descent
to the Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, Connecticut

exhibition history
1905a Pennsylvania Academy: #407, ill., as The Toilet: Mother and Two Children, lent by Alfred Atmore Pope
1909 St Botolph Boston: #6, as Le lever du bébé, lent by Alfred Atmore Pope, Esq.

published references
American Art News 1905a: p. 2, as "portraits of children"
Henderson 1905: p. 165, ill., as The Toilet: Mother and Two Children
Philadelphia Inquirer 1905a: p. 13, as The Toilette
Philadelphia Inquirer 1905b: p. 13, as "portrait pictures"
La Farge and Jaccaci 1907: p. 309, ill., as Awakening of the Baby
Bénédite 1908: p. 173; p. 175, ill., as La toilette de l'enfant
Torneux 1908: p. 425, as Lever du bébé
NY Sun 1909a: p. 6, if this is the work described as "a canvas of mother and child belonging to Mr. A. Pope"
Brimo 1938: p. 159, as Le lever de l'enfant
Monro and Monro 1948: p. 126, as The Toilet
La Farge and Jaccaci 1979: p. 309, ill., as Awakening of the Baby
Lindsay 1985: p. 91, as The Toilet: Mother and Two Children or Sara Handing a Toy to the Baby


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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