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lower right: Chase.

Provenance

Content Johnson [d. 1949], New York, about 1901; Mrs. J.A. Bennet, New York, by 1948; by inheritance to her granddaughter [name unknown], until 1980; (Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York); private collection, 1983-1984; sold March 1984 to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; gift 1995 to NGA.



Exhibition History
1917
Loan Exhibition of Paintings by William M. Chase, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1917, no. 11.
1928
Exhibition of the Works of William Merritt Chase, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, 1928, no. 6.
1948
William M. Chase 1849-1916. A Selected Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings, American British Art Center, New York, 1948, no. 23, as The Red Shawl.
1984
The Art of Collecting, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, 1984, no. 33, repro., as Seated Nude from the Rear.
2007
Loan to display with permanent collection, Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland, 2007-2008.
Bibliography
1949
Peat, Wilbur D. "Checklist of Known Work by William M. Chase." In Chase Centennial Exhibition. Exh. cat. John Herron Art Institute, 1949: unpaginated, as The Red Shawl (Nude).
1996
Kelly, Franklin, with Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Deborah Chotner, and John Davis. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1996: 60, color repro. 61.
Technical Summary

The support is a medium-weight twill fabric that has been lined. A cool beige ground was applied overall and covers the tacking margin remnants on the bottom, left, and top edges of the painting. The initial sketch outlining the sitter's contours is probably graphite. Paint was fluidly applied in the hair and background, and more thickly, with brushmarkings left visible, in the flesh tones. The thin varnish layer has not discolored and the painting is in very good condition, with only a tiny retouch at the lower center edge.