Mrs. Chase in Prospect Park

Artist: William Merritt Chase (American, Williamsburg, Indiana 1849–1916 New York)

Date: 1886

Medium: Oil on panel

Dimensions: 13 3/4 x 19 5/8 in. (34.9 x 49.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Chester Dale, 1963

Accession Number: 63.138.2


William Merritt Chase met Alice Gerson (1866–1927), whose father managed a successful New York lithography firm, in 1879 or 1880, and married her in 1887. The young couple settled in Brooklyn, where he painted his first park scenes. One of the artist’s favorite models, Mrs. Chase also appears, about a decade later, in For the Little One and At the Seaside, both hanging nearby. J. Carroll Beckwith, to whom Chase inscribed and gave this tonal sketch, taught with him at New York’s Art Students League.