The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 23, 2018

Lydia and Her Mother at Tea, c. 1880

aquatint and etching, unique impression between fourth and fifth states, Sheet: 27.5 x 36 cm (10 13/16 x 14 1/8 in.); Platemark: 18 x 28 cm (7 1/16 x 11 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2008.110

A unique impression between the fourth and fifth states, Cassatt added texture and tone to the composition so that the figures and objects in the room become flat shapes defined by bold contrasts of light and shadow. Lydia’s elegant, pale hands raising a porcelain cup to her lips are brilliantly highlighted against the inky black of her dress.

Lower right, in pencil: "M.C"

The Cleveland Museum of Art (10/14/2012 - 01/20/2013); "Mary Cassatt"

The Cleveland Museum of Art (10/04/2012 - 01/20/2013); "Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal in Nineteeth-Century Paris"

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