626 (Breeskin 574)
Augusta Reading to Her Daughter
Alternate title(s): La lecteur au parc; Mère et enfant; Mère et enfant sur un banc dans un parc; Mother and Child; Mother and Child in a Park; Reading in the Park
c. 1910
Oil on canvas
45 1/2 x 35 in. (115.57 x 88.9 cm)
Inscribed lower left: Mary Cassatt
Private collection

provenance / ownership history
Durand-Ruel, Paris, by 1910 (Paris stock #9399, Paris photo #6848)
James Stillman, Paris and New York, by 1913; likely from Durand-Ruel, Paris
to his son Dr. Ernest Goodrich Stillman, New York, by bequest
to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1922
to Sotheby's, London, July 17, 1957, #171, ill., as La lecteur au parc
to Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, and John Nicholson Gallery, New York
to Arnold S. Kirkeby, Los Angeles, California, 1957
to his widow, Carlotta Kirkeby, 1962, by descent
Sotheby's, New York, May 9, 1989, #24, ill.
to Aoyama Gallery, Aska International, Tokyo, Japan
Adelson Galleries, New York
to private collection

exhibition history
1957 Montclair Museum: #4, as Reading in the Park, lent by Hirschl & Adler Galleries

published references
Semple 1911: p. 491, ill., as Mother and Child in a Park
Segard 1913: following p. 176, ill., as Mère et enfant sur un banc dans un parc
Edouard-Joseph 1930: p. 250, as Mère et enfant sur un banc dans un parc
Minneapolis 1941: n.p., as Mother and Child
Monro and Monro 1948: p. 126, as Mère et enfant sur un banc dans un parc
Love 1980: p. 145, as Augusta Reading to Her Daughter
Spassky 1985: p. 653, as "Augusta"


Arnold S. Kirkeby, president of the financing company Kirkeby-Natus Corporation, made his initial fortune in hotels, among them the Warwick in New York and the Beverly-Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California. Kirkeby died March 1, 1962, on board a Los Angeles-bound American Airlines jet that crashed two minutes after take-off from New York. The Bel Air mansion once shared by Kirkeby and his wife Carlotta (1906–1985) served as the exterior façade for the Clampett family mansion in the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, which premiered in September 1962.


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