The Lamp Artist: Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926)


Prints and Drawings

In 1890–91, inspired by an exhibition in Paris of Japanese woodcuts—then new to the West and a revelation—Cassatt made a group of ten color etchings, including this print, immediately establishing her fame as a printmaker. This particular impression of The Lamp is an early state, unknown until late in 2000, and probably unique, and it joins at the Yale University Art Gallery Cassatt's drawing used in preparation of the print. The etching, printed from two plates, in black and colors in a close tonal range of russet-brown, violet-brown, and pink, is lively and fresh; the woman looks as though she is just about to speak. The partial coloration of the print—some areas still have no color at all—indicates that it is a work in progress.


Drypoint, soft-ground etching, and aquatint on paper, from two plates


platemark: 12 5/8 × 9 7/8 in. (32.1 × 25.1 cm)
sheet: 17 1/2 × 11 1/8 in. (44.5 × 28.3 cm)
framed: 23 × 29 × 7/8 in. (58.4 × 73.7 × 2.2 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Jan and Warren Adelson, Mr. and Mrs. N. Lee Griggs, Jr., B.A. 1951, Anthony M. Schulte, B.A. 1951, Mark Rudkin, B.A. 1951, and purchased with the Everett V. Meeks, B.A. 1901, and the Walter H. and Margaret Dwyer Clemens, B.A. 1951, Funds

Accession Number



19th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Collection of the Artist.
Ambroise Vollard, Dealer, Paris.
Private Dealer.
Adelson Galleries, New York.
  • American Art: Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2023), 188–89, no. 88, ill
  • Lisa Hodermarsky and Tiffany Sprague, eds., A Perspicacious Tenure: Suzanne Boorsch at Yale (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2018), 95, ill
  • Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 107, 368, pl. 94
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Additional information

Object/Work type

drypoints, human figures (visual works)


Adriaan Rogge


At LL, initialled in graphite: M.C.

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