"On The Porch" by J. Alden Weir
Drypoint, ca. 1890, Z.57, 2nd. published state, 4-5/8 x 3-11/16, unsigned, printed on on a sheet of thick cream wove paper. This charming and deft drypoint portrait of Weir's daughter Caro striking a beguiling pose in her flowered hat on the sunny porch of their house in Branchville, CT was drawn in 1889-90. Much admired, it was chosen in 1911 for inclusion in an article on Weir's prints for the French periodical Gazette de Beaux Arts. The plate was sent to Paris to be steel faced for the published edition. This impression is on a different paper than that of the large Gazette edition. It may be an unsigned proof outside the edition of 25 printed by the subject of the print, Caro Weir Ely, in 1927. More research must be done to say conclusively, as a notation on the original mat, which has been excised and preserved, states this impression was bought at auction, and has descended in the family of the artist.