Description McLenan was originally a meat-packer in Cincinnati. He practiced drawing for his own amusement, but later adopted it as a career, emerging as a prolific illustrator. This illustration shows an interest in physiognomy and phrenology: reading character types through variations in facial features, such as red noses (indicating fondness for drink).
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Initialed] lower right: J.McL.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters
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