Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), The Manicure, drypoint,  circa 1908, signed in pencil lower left. Reference: Breeskin 199, first state (of 2).In very good condition, printed on laid paper with margins, 8 3/8 x 6, the sheet 12 3/4 x 9 inches.

Provenance: Robert Hartshorne, New York (with his stamp verso, Lugt 2215b).

A fine delicately printed impression, printed in a dark brownish/black ink, with touches of burr from the drypoint work in many places, and a very subtle veil of plate tone.

Robert Hartshorne collected fine examples of work by artists such as Degas, Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso, and was known for his particularly distinguished collection of Cassatt prints.

Although Manicure is frequently seen in the later second state restrike impressions, first state impressions are exceedingly rare.