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The Cassatts at Home: West Chester and Beyond

January 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Dr. Nancy Mowll Mathews for a look at the Cassatt family while they lived in Chester County, and artist Mary Cassatt’s early life.

This talk will visit the Cassatt family, including artist Mary Cassatt, in their many homes in Pennsylvania and France. We will get to know their friends and family, gathering amidst the art on their walls and in their famous daughter’s studio. We will focus on the Cassatt home on Westtown-Thornton Road outside of West Chester where Mary Cassatt began her art studies and the family weathered the Civil War. In many ways these years in the early 1860s shaped her career and future life.

Dr. Nancy Mowll Mathews received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, N.Y.U. where she began her long career as a preeminent Cassatt scholar. Of the more than fifteen books and exhibitions she has produced, the best known are Cassatt and Her Circle: Selected Letters, Cassatt: The Color Prints and Mary Cassatt: A Life. Most recently she curated and co-wrote the catalogue for Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist in Paris for the Jacquemart-André Museum (Paris, 2018). Born in Baltimore, she grew up in Haverford Township outside of Philadelphia.

Admission is Pay as You Wish! A donation is greatly appreciated, but if you are unable to make a donation at this time, a limited number of free tickets are available.

All proceeds benefit the development of future programming and the preservation of the History Center and its collections. The History Center is home to over 750,000 manuscripts and 100,000 photographs, and your donation helps us to preserve and share those resources.

Presentation is via Zoom, and will be recorded and available for 7 days for all registered participants. We will email out a Zoom link the day of the presentation, and email a link to the recording within 48 hours. Note: the Zoom link emailed out the day of the presentation only takes you to the live presentation; the link emailed out the day after will contain the recorded version.

Generously sponsored by the Haverford Trust Company.



January 26, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm