653 (Breeskin 592)
Child Leaning against Her Young Mother
Alternate title(s): Mère et enfant; Young Woman and Little Girl
c. 1913
Pastel on paper
25 1/2 x 18 7/8 in. (64.77 x 47.94 cm)
Inscribed lower left: Mary Cassatt
Private collection

provenance / ownership history
Likely with Ambroise Vollard, Paris
private collection, New York
to Kende Galleries, New York, May 19, 1949, #76, ill., as Mère et enfant
Mary Ann Adler
to her sister Augusta Adler
to Stendahl Galleries, Hollywood, California, and New York, c. 1957
to Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1957 (stock #7207D)
to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cummings, Montreal, Canada, 1957
to Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, New York, by 1964
to Laura Slatkin, New York, by 1969
to private collection
to Christie's, New York, December 9, 1983, #211, ill.
to private collection

exhibition history
1964 Slatkin Galleries NY: no #, ill., as Young Woman and Little Girl

published references
Cantor 2004: p. 19n2, as Child Leaning against Her Young Mother


Counterproofs after this work exist.

German-born Mary Ann Adler worked as an art restorer for Stendahl Galleries, Hollywood, California, and for Walter C. and Mary Arensberg, who donated an important collection of modern art to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Adler's sister Augusta served as the personal assistant to Austrian theater and film director Max Reinhardt.

In 1968, Alfred Stendahl of Stendahl Galleries in Hollywood and New York wrote to Adelyn Dohme Breeskin that Mary Ann Adler had received this pastel from Cassatt and "would never sell it," but he was able to buy it after her death from her sister Augusta.[1] While it is not impossible that Mary Ann Adler got the work directly from the artist, no supporting evidence has emerged. Furthermore, the pastel was consigned by a New York private collector to a Kende Galleries auction in 1949 and appears to have been sold. Unless Mary Ann Adler was the consignor and the work did not in fact sell, it is not possible to reconcile the provenance as provided by Stendahl and the Kende sale.


[1] Alfred Stendahl, Stendahl Galleries, Hollywood, California, to Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, January 12, 1968. Breeskin archive, Mary Cassatt Catalogue Raisonné Committee, Adelson Galleries, New York, N.Y.

Child Leaning Against Her Mother, c.1913, pastel counterproof on Japan paper, 25 1/2 x 19 in. (64.8 x 48.3 cm). (Photograph provided by Adelson Galleries, New York, N.Y.) [view all counterproofs]
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