Hélène of Septeuil (enfant au perroquet) (child with a parrakeet). c. 1889-1890. Drypoint. Breeskin, 134. 9 3/8 x 6 1/4 (sheet 15 3/4 x 9 7/8). A rich impression with burr and plate tone. Printed on antique blue-green laid paper with a F and AGL countermark. Signed 'Mary Cassatt' in pencil.
Hélène de Septeuil was the daughter of an inkeeper in the town of Septeuil where Mary Cassatt spent the summer of 1890. The sitter was a frequent subject of Cassatt's work. The composition shows the intimacy of the mother-child relationship.