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Portrait of Dora Wheeler, 1882-1883

oil on canvas, Framed: 180.60 x 188.60 x 11.00 cm (71 1/16 x 74 1/4 x 4 5/16 inches); Unframed: 159.8 x 165.50 x 11.50 cm (62 15/16 x 65 1/2 inches). Gift of Mrs. Boudinot Keith in memory of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1921.1239

Dora Wheeler became Chase's first student when he returned from overseas study in Munich and set up a teaching studio in New York. At the time, few American artists accepted women as private pupils. After her course of study, Wheeler joined her mother in launching a successful decorating firm, one of the first businesses in the country to be operated entirely by women. For the firm, she designed luxurious textiles, and the embroidered silk tapestry that fills the background in her portrait references her occupational interest.
Chase's portrait was awarded a gold medal at an international survey of contemporary art in Munich in 1883, and later that year was also shown in Paris. At some later point, the painting was acquired by the sitter, who subsequently donated it to the museum.

signed lower right: WM M. Chase [WM in monogram]

Paris, Salon, Catalogue illustré Du Salon, (1883), no. 506, as Portrait of Mlle. Dora Wheeler. Munich, Internationale Kunstausstellung, Crystal Palace, 1883, cat. 347. New York, Calumet Club, Annual Exhibition, 1884. New York, National Academy of Design, Society of American Artists Seventh Annual Exhibition (26 May-21 June 1884), cat. no. 24, as Portrait, Miss Dora Wheeler. Chicago, Art Hall Gallery D, Inter-State Industrial Exposition of Chicago Twelfth Annual Exhibition (3 September-18 October 1884), cat. no. 354. Boston Art Club, Exhibition of Pictures, Studies, and Sketches by Mr. Wm. M. Chase under the Auspices of the American Art Association, November 13-December 4, 1886, cat. 10, as Portrait of Miss Dora Wheeler. New York Moore's Art Galleries, Paintings by Mr. William M. Chase, March 2-3, 1887, cat. 115, [lent by Miss. Wheeler]. Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, 20th Anniversary Exhibition of the Cleveland Museum of Art: The Official Art Exhibit of the Great Lakes Exposition (1936), no. 379. Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Exhibition of American Painting from 1860 until Today (1937), p. 16, no. 30, pl. XIV, no. 30. Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, Survey of American Painting (1940), no. 155, pl. 49. Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Painting today and Yesterday in the United States (Calif. 1941), no. 27. New York, Portraits, Inc., Portraits of American Women, from Romanticism to Surrealism (5-29 December 1945); cat. no. 15. Indianapolis, John Herron Art Institute, Chase Centennial Exhibition: Commemorating the Birth of William Merritt Chase, November 1, 1849 (1949), no. 15, illus. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The 75th Anniversary Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture by 75 Artists Associated with the Art Students League of New York, (1951), xiii, no. 6, p. 1, illus. p. 6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 150th Anniversary Exhibition (15 January-13 March 1955); cat. no. 59, not illus. Southampton, Long Island, The Parrish Art Museum, William Merritt Chase: A Retrospective Exhibition (New York 1957), illus. p. 47, no. 31. Santa Barbara, University of California Art Gallery; La Jolla (Calif.) Museum of Art; San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor; Seattle Art Museum; New York, Gallery of Modern Art Including the Huntington Harford Collection, First West Coast Exhibition of Paintings by Willaim Merritt Chase (1964/65), p. i, no. 8, illus. pl. 8. Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Detroit Institute of Arts; Toledo Museum of Art; Cleveland Museum of Art, Heritage and Horizon: American Painting 1776-1976 (1976), no. 31, illus. Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, American Portraiture in the Grand Manner: 1720-1920, (1981/82), traveled to Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery p. 68, illus. p. 69, Fig. 14. Akron, Akron Art Museum, Willaim Merritt Chase: Portraits (1982), pp. 10, 12-14, 46, illus. p. 13, pl. 1. Seattle, University of Washington Henry Art Gallery, William Merritt Chase, 1849-1916: A Leading Spirit in American Art (1983), pp. 63 & 175, illus. p. 19, Fig. 16 & p. 172. Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Portraiture: The Image of the Individual (1983/84). New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, In Pursuit of Beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement, (1986/87), pp. 41 & 406-407, illus. p. 325, Fig. 9.15 & p. 22. New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Impressionism and Realism: The Painting of Modern Life, 1885-1915 (1994), pp. 38-41, illus. p. 39, Fig. 29. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis Miller Bunker: American Impressionist, (1994), pp. 46- 7, illus. p. 46, Fig. 16. Massachusetts, Worcester Art Museum, American Impressionism: Paintings of Promise, (1997), pp. 25-26, illus. p. 53, Pl. 13. New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Candace Wheeler: The Art and Enterprise of American Design, 1875-1900 (10 October 2001-6 January 2002), cat. no. 47, illus. p. 175. Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; February 23

1883-1921 Dora Wheeler, later Mrs. Boudinot Keith [1856-1940], New York, NY, donated to the Cleveland Museum of Art
1921- The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

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