Portrait of Mrs. Cyrus J. Lawrence with her Grandson R. Lawrence Oakley

Emily Lawrence is shown interrupting her knitting to grasp her grandson’s hand as he leans over the back of her chair. The portrait was commissioned by Emily’s husband, the collector Cyrus L. Lawrence, while Cassatt was visiting her family and friends in the United States after nearly twenty years abroad.

The naturalness and informality of the sitters’ poses suggest their mutual affection, demonstrating the artist’s skill in capturing both a likeness and a mood.

Provenance

To Cyrus J. Lawrence by 1899; to R. Lawrence Oakley by descent; to Mrs. R. Lawrence Oakley (his widow), Greenwich, Connecticut; gift to Sterling and Francince Clark Art Institute, February 14, 1973.

Mary Cassatt

American (active in France), 1844–1926

Portrait of Mrs. Cyrus J. Lawrence with her Grandson R. Lawrence Oakley

c. 1898

Pastel on tan paper

28 x 23 in. (71.1 x 58.4 cm) Frame: 39 3/16 x 32 11/16 x 2 1/2 in. (99.5 x 83 x 6.4 cm)


Gift of Mrs. R. Lawrence Oakley, 1973

1973.36


OFF VIEW

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Breeskin, Adelyn D. Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970.

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