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Mary Cassatt
American (1844 - 1926) Primary

The Coiffure

Drypoint and soft-ground etching
State: Fifth state

14 3/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (36.51 cm x 26.67 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 1949.16
Geography: North and Central America, United States
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Prints
Culture/Nationality: American

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This object has the following keywords:
  • aquatints - Prints produced from designs created by the aquatint process, by which a printing plate is covered with a coating and etched with acid so as to create a range of tonal values, often combined with line work. The resulting print resembling a watercolor.
  • dressing chairs - Eighteenth-century term referring to chairs, particularly those used by women, located in the dressing room.
  • dressing glasses - Small freestanding mirrors, usually supported on a standing frame within which the glass can be adjusted, designed to be used on a dressing table. Dressing glasses are sometimes made with a boxlike base fitted with small drawers.
  • drypoint - Intaglio process in which a sharp needle scratches the plate creating a burr that yields a characteristically soft and velvety line in the final print.
  • genre
  • soft-ground etchings - Prints made using the process of soft-ground etching.
  • women - Refers to female human beings from young adulthood through old age.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Mirrors and Masks: Reflections and Constructions of the Self Bryn Mawr College , Mar 23, 2017 – Jun 4, 2017
  • Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr College , Sep 24, 2010 – May 28, 2011
  • Cassatt-Neel-Kilmnik: Painted Faces Moore College of Art , Jan 17, 2002 – Feb 25, 2002
  • A Picture of Mary Cassatt: Prints from the Bryn Mawr College Collection Kelly McCullough , Mar 17, 2000 – Mar 20, 2000

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Carrie Robbins and Steven Z. Levine. Mirrors & Masks. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, March, 2017
    Page Number: 34, Figure Number: Plate 7
  • Mary Leahy, "Mary Cassatt: Her Color Prints at Bryn Mawr." Bryn Mawr Now 9, No. 2 (November 1981): 1, 6-7.
  • Jeanne Randolph, Mary Cassatt, Alice Neel, Karen Kilimnik: Painted Faces Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002
    Page Number: 31
  • Suzanne G. Lindsay, Mary Cassatt and Philadelphia Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1985
    Page Number: 88, Figure Number: 50

Catalogue Raisonné List
The following Catalogue Raisonné exist for this object:
  • Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Graphic Work (Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979), 65, 148. Figure Number: 152

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