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Mrs. Chase in Prospect Park

Artist:
William Merritt Chase (American, Williamsburg, Indiana 1849–1916 New York)
Date:
1886
Medium:
Oil on panel
Dimensions:
13 3/4 x 19 5/8 in. (34.9 x 49.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Chester Dale, 1963
Accession Number:
63.138.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
William Merritt Chase met Alice Gerson (1866–1927), whose father managed a successful New York lithography firm, in 1879 or 1880, and married her in 1887. The young couple settled in Brooklyn, where he painted his first park scenes. One of the artist’s favorite models, Mrs. Chase also appears, about a decade later, in For the Little One and At the Seaside, both hanging nearby. J. Carroll Beckwith, to whom Chase inscribed and gave this tonal sketch, taught with him at New York’s Art Students League.
Inscription: [at lower right] To my friend J. Carroll Beckwith / Wm M. Chase
J. Carroll Beckwith, New York, until died 1917; his wife, Bertha M. Beckwith, New York, 1917–1926; sale, Silo's, New York, 19 Nov. 1926, no. 389; Chester Dale, New York, 1926–died 1962
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