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Mary Cassatt 1905 Drypoint - "Looking into the Hand Mirror, No. 2"

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Posted 7 years ago

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Entitled “Looking Into the Hand Mirror, No.2” this original Mary Stevenson Cassatt drypoint print on cream woven paper was rendered in 1905 and is the only known state. Full margins and no damage. A very nice posthumous impression of this sweet image of a mother and her young daughter caught in a quiet moment by the important American Impressionist. Print dimensions: 8”(H) x 5.88”(W)

Matted and placed in a tasteful wooden frame with teal colored accent. Archival hinge mount. Framed dimension 16.5”(H) x 13.5”(W).


  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 6 years ago
    Once again I encounter this magnificent work. It is superb and lovely. Quite a remarkable find. Congratulations!
  2. cogito cogito, 6 years ago
    Thanks! I'm curious...when did you first encounter it?
  3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 6 years ago
    Do you mean when did I first encounter your show and tell item, or when did I first encounter this Cassatt image?

    1.) I think it was perhaps a couple or several months ago - I'm not sure. I would definitely have hit the "love" option on first encounter, for this is truly magnificent; however, I have nerve damage in my hands and sometimes I can't click things properly. I saw it again this morning after mustangtony's "love" brought it back into the show and tell gallery.

    2.) My art teachers long ago in my academy days were very fond of Mary Cassatt, and so am I. I am not a professional art historian or a professional artist, but art is my constant refuge. I can't say I've never seen this particular image before, and I can't affirm that I've seen it before. It is very similar to so many of her works. No doubt if I owned this, I would recognize it immediately! It is a treasure. But then, most of your things are very special. I recently found a silverplated fish platter very similar to the pewter one you displayed. I had found your platter so distinctive that I couldn't forget it, and I couldn't wait to show it to Bellin. Thank you for bringing these treasures before us, and for sharing your knowledge with us. miKKo
  4. cogito cogito, 6 years ago
    Thanks, miKKo. I was more interested in the latter. My wife loves Cassatt. This drypoint was a birthday gift to her. I have seen other variations of this pose, but this is the more simple and direct version. Cheers, J.
  5. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 6 years ago
    Thanks, cogito. What a splendid birthday present! It is richly evocative and salient, with an abstractive, elemental simplicity. From the deft hand of a loving and tender soul. Regards, miKKo

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