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Two young chimney sweeps on a decrepit horse, in a yard; a man is seated behind them, facing backwards. Etching after E.H. Landseer, ca. 1848.

  • Landseer, Edwin, Sir, 1802-1873.
Date
[1848]
Reference
562349i
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Description

The smaller of the boys holds the reins and raises his brush eagerly to beat the horse; the man wears a high, shallow-brimmed hat, has a stalk of grass between his lips, carries a walking (?) stick in his left hand, and has his right hand in his trouser pocket. He looks downwards in weary resignation. A small dog walks in front, while to the right, in the background, domestic fowl shelter (from the rain?) under a wooden awning. In the background to the left is a notice on a post, which begins: Take notice ... Houses are visible in the distance. Diagonal lines suggest that rain is falling, but shadows cast by the wall behind, and (in the opposite direction) by the horse, suggest that the sun is shining.

Publication/Creation

London : E. Gambart & Co., [1848]

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 15.2 x 22.4 cm

Lettering note

Monogram of the artist in lower right corner of print: EL
Lettering stamped blind in an oval shape in lower margin of sheet: E. Gambart & Co. London; written in pencil within the stamp: aan

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 562349i

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  • English


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