Lady at the Tea Table

Mary Cassatt American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 768

This work depicts Mary Dickinson Riddle, first cousin of Cassatt's mother, presiding at tea, a daily ritual among upper-middle-class women on both sides of the Atlantic. Mrs. Riddle's hand rests on the handle of a teapot, part of a gilded blue-and-white Canton porcelain service her daughter had given to the artist's family. Painted in appreciation, the portrait reveals Cassatt's Impressionist technique in its sketch-like finish, palette, and compressed space. The work was ultimately rejected by Riddle's family, and remained with Cassatt until her long-time friend Louisine Havemeyer persuaded her to donate it to The Met.

#4374. Lady at the Tea Table

Lady at the Tea Table, Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise), Oil on canvas, American

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