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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Maker(s):Haskell, Ernest
Culture:American (1876-1925)
Date Made:ca. 1913
Materials:drypoint on cream-colored wove paper
Measurements:Sheet: 7 5/8 in x 5 7/16 in ; 19.4 cm x 13.8 cm; Plate: 5 7/8 in x 3 7/8 in ; 14.9 cm x 9.8 cm
Accession Number:  AC PR.1940.32
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt (Vera Hale)

Label Text:
A profile portrait of the artist’s first wife, Elizabeth Foley, this sensitively-rendered drypoint advanced Haskell’s professional career while garnering a mixed critical reaction. Haskell included the print when he exhibited with prominent etching societies, including the Chicago Society of Etchers (founded 1911). One New York Times critic noted this image’s resemblance to Whistler’s portraits of his mistress, Joanna Hiffernan, but observed that the midtones lack variety. Perhaps the critic responded to Haskell’s choice to wipe the plate almost completely clean, rather than leaving a thin film of ink as Whistler typically did. The largest amount of ink clings to the ridges of metal created by scoring deep marks in the plate, giving Elizabeth’s hair a velvety texture.

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