608 (Breeskin 576)
Baby John on His Mother's Lap
Alternate title(s): Baby John on Mother's Lap; Mother and Child; Mother and Child (Baby John on His Mother's Lap)
c. 1909
Pastel on paper
31 x 23 1/2 in. (78.74 x 59.69 cm)
Inscribed lower right: M. Cassatt
Fisher Governor Foundation

provenance / ownership history
Likely with Ambroise Vollard, Paris
Galerie Jacques Dubourg, Paris
Arthur Tooth & Sons, London
possibly with Howard Young Galleries, New York, by 1959
Fisher Governor Foundation, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1960

exhibition history
1969 Joslyn Omaha: #12, ill., as Mother and Child, lent by the Fisher Governor Foundation of Marshalltown
1973--74 Newport CA: #16, ill., as Mother and Child (Baby John on His Mother's Lap), lent by J. W. Fisher
1977 Bergstrom WI: no #, as Baby John on His Mother's Lap, lent by Fisher Foundation
1980 Wilkes College: #1-4, as Baby John on His Mother's Lap, lent by J. W. Fisher Governor Foundation
1983 Sunrise: #9, as Mother and Child, lent by the Fisher Governor Foundation
2000--01 Brunnier: no #, no further information

published references
Mathews 1987: p. 141; p. 145, ill., as Baby John on His Mother's Lap
Gerdts and Dearinger 1992: p. 86, as Baby John on Mother's Lap

commentary

Counterproofs after this work exist.

The catalogue for the 1969 exhibition Mary Cassatt among the Impressionists states that Baby John on His Mother's Lap was handled at some point by Galerie Jacques Dubourg, Paris, and Arthur Tooth & Sons, London.[1] No evidence to confirm this information has emerged.

According to Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, Baby John on His Mother's Lap was exhibited at Howard Young Galleries, New York, in 1959, but no further information regarding this show has been located.

The Fisher Governor Foundation had its origins in the fortunes of William Fisher (d. 1906) of Marshalltown, Iowa, who in 1880 invented the Type 1 constant pressure pump governor, used to automatically maintain constant pressure in pipes. In 1950, Fisher's grandson Bill Fisher (d. 1990) and the Board of Directors of the Fisher Governor Company (now part of Emerson Process Management) established the Fisher Governor Foundation with the purpose of improving the cultural, civic, educational, and charitable interests of Marshalltown. Artists represented in the Foundation's collection include Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, and Henri Matisse.

PAI

[1] Mary Cassatt among the Impressionists (Omaha, Nebraska: Joslyn Art Museum, 1969), exh. cat., p. 70.

Baby John on His Mother's Lap, c.1910, pastel counterproof on Japan paper, 32 x 24 3/8 in. (81.3 x 62 cm). (Photograph provided by Adelson Galleries, New York, N.Y.) [view all counterproofs]

 

Baby John on His Mother's Lap, 1894, pastel counterproof on Japan paper, 32 x 24 3/8 in. (81.3 x 62 cm). (Photograph provided by Adelson Galleries, New York, N.Y.) [view all counterproofs]
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