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Car Man and Coal Heaver
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Car Man and Coal Heaver

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Description Gavarni's contemporaries noted that he possessed an extraordinary ability to guess a person's profession from his appearance. This watercolor, which relates closely to a plate in "Londres et les Anglais" (translated: "London and the English," illustrated by Gavarni), depicts two men whose different occupations were indispensible to the mid-19th-century metropolis. On the left is the Car Man, whose wagons handled all the goods and deliveries needed by London's thriving marketplaces. Facing him with a tankard is the Coal Heaver, who delivered coal (used for heating and cooking) to all households.
Date Description Narrative
2/18/1983Examinationexamined for exhibition
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; re-housed; other
  • A Connoisseur's Portfolio: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors in the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
  • Great Illustrations: Drawings and Books from the Walters' Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1866, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] In graphite, lower left: Gavarni
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1866

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watercolor, graphite, and crayon with white heightening on brown, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 9 1/8 x W: 6 7/8 in. (23.2 x 17.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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