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Hélène of Septeuil (enfant au perroquet) (child with a parrakeet). c. 1889-1890. Drypoint. Breeskin, 134.v. 9 3/8 x 6 1/4 (sheet 15 3/4 x 9 7/8). A rich impression with burr and plate tone. Printed on antique blue-green laid paper with a F and AGL countermark. Signed 'Mary Cassatt' in pencil. Housed in a silk mat with a gold liner and a 20 x 16-inch gold leaf frame. $13,500.
Hélène de Septeuil was the daughter of an innkeeper in the town of Septeuil where Mary Cassatt spent the summer of 1890. The sitter was a frequent subject of Cassatt's work. The composition shows the intimacy of the mother-child relationship.
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