Mary Cassatt correspondence with Emily Sartain, [ca. 1872-1874]

Cassatt, Mary, b. 1844 d. 1926
Active in Paris, France; Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 15 items (on 1 partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: Fourteen letters from Cassatt to Emily Sartain and one letter from Sartain to Cassatt, discussing a trip the two were to take to Europe, as well as some mention by Cassatt of her artistic development in Spain and Italy. Dates on the correspondence are by an unknown hand and are questionable.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; Philadelphia, Pa. and Europe. Emily Sartain was the daughter of John Sartain. She studied both with her father and Christian Schussele at the Pennsylvania Academy. She won several awards at the Academy and taught at the Philadelphia School of Art and Design.

Lent for microfilming 1985, by the PAFA as part of the AAA's documentation project. The source of the letters is unknown, although it is probable that they came through the estate of Harriet Sartain.

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