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Lot 58
William Merritt Chase
My Daughter Dorothy 18 x 14 3/4 in. (45.7 x 37.5 cm.)
17 November 2022, 14:00 EST
New York

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William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)

My Daughter Dorothy
oil on canvas
18 x 14 3/4 in. (45.7 x 37.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1902.


Estate of the artist.
Alice Brémond (née Gerson) Chase (1866-1927), New York, wife of the artist, by descent from the above, 1916.
Newhouse Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri, acquired from the above.
Dr. Paul R. Fletcher, St. Louis, Missouri, (probably) acquired from the above, by 1949.
Sale, Sotheby's, New York, November 30, 2005, lot 89.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owners.

St. Louis, Missouri, Newhouse Galleries, Paintings by William Merritt Chase, N.A., LL. D.: Memorial Exhibition, March 25-April 25, 1927, n.p., no. 3.

Newhouse Galleries, Paintings by William Merritt Chase, N.A., LL. D., St. Louis, 1927, n.p., no. 33, illustrated.
W.D. Peat, Chase Centennial Exhibition: Commemorating the Birth of William Merritt Chase November 1, 1849: Checklist of Known Work by William M. Chase, exhibition catalogue, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1949, n.p.
R.G. Pisano, William Merritt Chase: Portraits in Oil, New Haven, Connecticut, 2006, vol. II, p. 179, no. OP.347, illustrated.

The present work is included in Ronald G. Pisano's The Completed Catalogue of Known and Documented Work by William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) as no. OP.347. The work is accompanied by the original Art Research Report issued by Ronald G. Pisano, Inc. and signed by D. Frederick Baker, dated September 18, 2021.

My Daughter Dorothy is an endearing portrait of William Merritt Chase's daughter, Dorothy Brémond Chase (1891-1953). From a young age, Dorothy, along with her older sister Alice Dieudonnée Chase (1887-1971), were frequent sitters for their father and inspired some of his most sensitive and inventive works. The present work reveals the tenderness that Chase felt for Dorothy, as he imbues her portrait with a depth of personality observed firsthand from everyday moments. Ronald G. Pisano, Inc. notes that "Although it is not dated, it is judged to have been painted c. 1902. Considering the white summer style blouse, it would therefore have been painted at the Chase summer home in Shinnecock, Long Island, during the final season of the Chase Shinnecock Summer School of Art, located in Southampton, several miles east of the Chase home." (unpublished Art Research Report, September 18, 2021)

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