William Merritt Chase (American, Williamsburg, Indiana 1849–1916 New York)
Oil on canvas
20 3/8 x 16 1/4 in. (51.8 x 41.3 cm)
Bequest of Emma T. Gary, 1937
Not on view
Chase and his wife, Alice, had eight children, all of whom appeared in the artist's portraits and figure studies. This portrait is of Roland Dana Chase (1901–1980), the Chases' youngest son. Writing in "Harper's Weekly" in 1901, a critic applauded: "Witness the portrait of 'Roland,' who is depicted with splendid brush-work as a rollicking brown rogue, holding in his admirable baby hand the only note of color—a red ball."
Signature: [at upper left]: Wm. M. Chase
Elbert H. Gary, New York, 1902–died 1927; his wife, Emma T. Gary, New York, 1927–died 1937