Talk:Alexander Cassatt

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Date of birth[edit]

What is the source for the 1839 birth year? In Jill Jones "Conquering Gotham" (2007), Cassatt is described as born on 8 Dec 1838 (page 241). --Thogo (Talk) 18:56, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

The link in the References section (cached at Google), a transcript of the Altoona Tribune from January 15, 1916, lists 1839. It's clear that either this reference or the reference you list has a typo. Without further evidence from other reliable sources, I'm not necessarily inclined toward either reference. I'll see what I can find in my own reference material. Slambo (Speak) 19:03, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
Another copy of the Altoona Tribune transcription is at US GenWeb, but that may simply be a file copy of the first. Other references I found in a quick search include:
All of these show 1839 as a birth year. The NYT reference is a compelling argument for 1839, and I'd tend to believe that until we get something even more definitive. Slambo (Speak) 19:14, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
My reference says (citation) "It was his sixty-eighth birthday ..." (describing 8 December 1906) (p. 241) But it could well be a mistake (there is another one in the very same line where 8 Dec 1906 is labelled Friday - but it was a Saturday actually). --Thogo (Talk) 19:16, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
Interesting. I'll keep looking through what I've got, but I've added the NYT article as a reference to the article until we find more definite information. Slambo (Speak) 19:22, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
Thank you for figuring that out. :) I'll see if I can find other sources for the one or the other date. --Thogo (Talk) 19:26, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
Sure. I'll have to add "Conquering Gotham" to my reading list. I'm working my way through "Nothing Like It in the World" right now and I've got a few others that I intend to read through too. Slambo (Speak) 19:29, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

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