William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) is one of the foremost American artists. Not only a virtuoso artist who was equally comfortable in a wide range of mediums including oil, watercolor, pastel, and pencil, he also worked in a range of themes including portraiture, figure painting, still life, interiors, and landscapes. He was also a talented and giving teacher and an early promoter of women's art education. Unfortunately there are no Chase letters or diaries to tell us about his thoughts or working processes, although a range of photographs of his family and his famous studio, located in the Tenth Street Studio Building, survive in the public domain. Along with a dearth of archival material, there are very few preliminary artworks such as drawings and preliminary oil or watercolor studies for his finished paintings that survive. Therefore these small drawings of plants, probably done during the summer at Shinnecock Hills, his residence on Long Island, are rare. They were passed down among the effects of one of Chase's women students living and working in the Boston area. Given their small size and rectangular format, they are probably pages torn from a pocket sketchbook. Despite their humble appearance, these spontaneous drawings demonstrate Chase's talents as a keen observer and draftsman. In the lower right drawing, the simple outline of a pig's head with its floppy ears, can barely be detected, yet presents a lifelike, humorous appearance.