343 (Breeskin 423)
Head of Margot Looking to Right
Alternate title(s): Child's Head; FĂȘte [sic] d'enfant; Head of a Young Girl; TĂȘte d'enfant; TĂȘte de Margot; Young Girl with Bonnet
c. 1900
Pastel on paper
19 7/16 x 16 11/16 in. (49.37 x 42.39 cm)
Inscribed upper left: Mary Cassatt; inscribed center right: Mary Cassatt
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gift of William Mansur Hume

provenance / ownership history
Ambroise Vollard, Paris
to George E. Hume, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1908 (through William Fox, Director, John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis)
to his son William Mansur Hume, San Francisco, California, by bequest
to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1977

exhibition history
1908 Vollard Paris: #12, as TĂȘte d'enfant
1908--09 Herron Indianapolis: #10, as Head of a Young Girl, lent by George E. Hume
1909 Pennsylvania Academy: #114, as FĂȘte [sic] d'enfant, lent by Mrs. George E. Hume
1969 Joslyn Omaha: # 23, ill., as Young Girl with Bonnet, lent by William M. Hume

published references
Art et les artistes 1908b: following p. 76, ill., as TĂȘte d'enfant
Colour 1916: p. 25, ill., as Child's Head
Chronique des arts 1978: p. 57, as TĂȘte de Margot
Lindsay 1985: p. 92, as FĂȘte [sic] d'enfant
Cantor 2004: p. 19n2, as Head of Margot Looking to Right


In 1908, Indianapolis resident George F. Hume gave $100 to William Henry Fox, director of the John Herron Art Institute, and instructed Fox to buy a work of art for him.[1] Fox purchased Head of Margot Looking to Right from Ambroise Vollard and had it shipped to Indianapolis for Hume.[2] The pastel was then exhibited at the John Herron Art Institute's 24th annual exhibition, which opened on December 6, 1908. Head of Margot Looking to Right is an important work in that it provides evidence that Cassatt began making counterproofs before the end of 1908 when the picture was sent to the United States in time for the December exhibition.

Head of Margot Looking to Right passed from George F. Hume to his son William Mansur Hume (1900–1976), a founder of Basic Vegetable Products Co., a company known for dehydrating fruits and vegetables, especially onions and garlic. During World War II, the company sent most of its production to the United States Armed Forces abroad, and in 1944 Basic Vegetable Products received an Army-Navy "E" award for its efforts.


[1] This story is derived from two sources. The first is a label on the back of the work described in a letter to Adelyn Dohme Breeskin from E. Gunter Troche, who examined the pastel at the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco, September 23, 1965. The second source is a letter to Breeskin from George F. Hume's son William M. Hume, October 24, 1967. Both letters are found in the Breeskin archive, Mary Cassatt Catalogue Raisonné Committee, Adelson Galleries, New York, N.Y.

[2] The Vollard purchase is confirmed by an entry in Ambroise Vollard's shipping receipts book.

Head of Margot Looking to Right, c.1902, pastel counterproof on Japan paper, 19 3/8 x 16 5/8 in. (49.2 x 42.2 cm). (Photograph provided by Adelson Galleries, New York, N.Y.) [view all counterproofs]
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