Portrait of My Mother (Sarah Swaim Chase)

William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916)

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The artist's mother was the first guest and subject of the first portrait the artist painted in his new studio and summer residence at Shinnecock, Long Island, in 1892.

The lace cap was added by Chase to cover a spot he had overlooked, but its delicate texture and bow also soften the sitter's features.

Chase taught the first outdoor school of landscape painting at Shinnecock.

Owned by Mrs. Carrie Chase Roberts, sister of the artist

Object Information

William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916)
creation date
oil on canvas
20-1/4 x 16-1/4 in. (canvas)
31-1/2 x 27-1/2 x 3 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed, u.r.: Wm M. Chase
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Carrie Chase Roberts
Public Domain
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945

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