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William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)
William Merritt Chase was born in Willamsburg, Indiana. He established an art school of his own, after teaching with success for some years at the Art Students League. A worker in all media oils, watercolor, pastel etching and painting with distinction the figure, landscapes, and still lifes, he is best known for his portraits, his sitters numbering some of the most important men and women of his time.
Speak to Me
Self Portrait
Whistling Boy
Yield of the Waters
Virginia Gerson
Lady in Black


My Little Daughter Dorothy
Full length figure of a little girl wearing light tan hood, cape and pelisse over a pink dress, white mittens. She has round rosy cheeks, and brown bangs cover her forehead. In background, portion of gold framed painting, small stool covered with red tassled cushion.
Object Date 1894  
Dimensions 48 x 33 in. (121.9 x 83.8 cm) Framed: 52 3/4 x 37 3/4 x 2 in.
Medium Oil on canvas
Classification Paintings
Department American Art
Constituents Artist: William Merritt Chase
1849 -   1916
Provenance The artist's family until 1917. Purchased by dealer William Macbeth, New York, 1917 (purchased for $600 from American Art Association sale of artist's works). Purchased by dealer Newman Montross, New York, 1923 (through the American Art Association for $325). Mrs. Arthur McGraw, ca. 1923 (most likely from Montross and the above sale) . Gift of Mrs. Arthur McGraw to DIA, 1931.
Copyright Photo 2004, Detroit Institute of Arts
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Arthur McGraw (31.27)
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