William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916) Mary Content 30 1/2 x 25 1/2in
Lot 66
William Merritt Chase
(American, 1849-1916)
Mary Content 30 1/2 x 25 1/2in
Sold for US$ 35,000 inc. premium

Auction 21026:
American Art

4 Dec 2013 14:00 EST

New York
Lot Details
Property from The Estate of Edward Chase Matthews
William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916)
Mary Content
signed 'Wm M Chase' (lower right)
oil on canvas
30 1/2 x 25 1/2in
Painted circa 1915

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    The artist
    By descent to the present owner

    LITERATURE:
    R.G. Pisano, William Merritt Chase: Portraits in Oil, vol. 2, New Haven, Connecticut, 2006, pp. 267-68, no. OP.569, illustrated.
    New York Times, November 7, 1915, n.p., SM21.

    EXHIBITED:
    New York, American Fine Art Society, and elsewhere, National Association of Portrait Painters 5th Annual Circuit Exhibition, 1915-16.
    New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, William M. Chase Memorial Exhibition, February 19-March 18, 1917, no. 43 (as A Child (Mary Content Chase)).

    The present work depicts the artist's youngest daughter, Mary Content Chase (1904-1943). The painting was illustrated in its day with a quote by William Wordsworth: "Her eyes as stars of twilight fair, Like twilights too her dusky hair, / But all things else about her drawn From May-time and the cheerful dawn." (Craftsman December 1915, n.p.)
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