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Interior with Three Boys Kneeling
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Interior with Three Boys Kneeling

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Description This drawing, rendered more in tonal contrasts than in line, shows a dimly lit cottage interior. Three youths pray on a roughly hewn bench in front of a cupboard surmounted by a votive statue. Their clogs are scattered across the floor. An image of the Virgin is partially visible to their right, and beyond is a large fireplace with a rustic mantle. The stone blocks elevating the cupboard above the ground indicate that the cottage floor is made of dirt. A bent taper has not been lit, and the raking illumination appears to come from a door or window beyond the picture.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; cleaned; 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 22, 1862 (?), by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signed] Lower left recto, in black crayon: Edouard Frère
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1862 (?)

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ca. 1850
oily black crayon with incised highlights over brown ink washes on medium thickness, slightly textured, cream wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 9 5/16 x W: 6 7/8 in. (23.6 x 17.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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