Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)
Pastel on pale gray wove paper (industrial wrapping paper, stamped on verso OLD RELIABLE BOLTING EXPRESSLY FOR MILLING), laid down on silk bolting
30 x 34 in. (76.2 x 86.4 cm)
Signed and dated (upper right): 1882 / Degas
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.38)
Mary Cassatt was the model for the customer in this work and also for another in the milliner series (Museum of Modern Art, New York). She purportedly said that she posed for Degas "only once in a while when he finds the movement difficult and the model cannot seem to get his idea." This pastel was shown in the final Impressionist exhibition, in 1886.