This image of a young woman and a child is one of a series of twelve drypoints created by the American artist Mary Cassatt following a visit with Degas to a Japanese exhibition at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1890. The exhibition included more than seven hundred ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The prints by Utamaro—in particular the suite of woodcuts of women known as The Twelve Hours in the Pleasure Quarter of the Yoshiwara—made such a profound impression on Cassatt that she was inspired her to create her own set of prints depicting fashionable young women seen at intimate moments in their daily lives.
Nancy Mowll Mathews, "Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas" (San Jose: San Jose Museum of Art, 1981).
"Acquisitions of the Art Museum 1971," Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University, 31 no. 1 (1972): p. 20-32.