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Interior with Old Woman and Boy
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Interior with Old Woman and Boy

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Description Rather than recording the quaint, but impoverished circumstances of the Écouen villagers, Soyer records a scene of happy domesticity. A young child gazes inquisitively at his grandmother, who has fallen asleep with her glasses in her lap. Beside her is a cat lapping its food. On the floor are potential threats to this tranquil scene-a toy drum and drumsticks. A vase of flowers on the mantel adds a cheerful note to the rustically, but adequately furnished room.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; re-housed; mounted; other
  • Drawings by the Artists from the Ecouen School. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993-1994.
  • A Discerning Eye: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors. Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1998-1999.
  • Botanical Delights: Floral Motifs in 19th-Century Art. Government House, Annapolis; Strathmore Hall Art Center, North Bethesda; Academy Art Museum, Easton. 1998-1999.
  • 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.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, June 28, 1862, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions "Paul Soyer 1862" in ink, lower left
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1862

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ink washes heightened with white gouache on cream, moderately-thick, slightly textured wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
7 11/16 x 5 7/8 in. (19.5 x 14.9 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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