Description A country lawyer in outmoded costume is seated beside a cluttered desk perusing some documents. He appears to ignore the gestures of his client, an elderly peasant whose gnarled hands, toothless grimace and soiled boots reflect the vicissitudes of life. This low-keyed, carefully delineated interior typifies the work of Vautier, who was noted for emotionally nuanced depictions of rural life.
|10/20/1983||Treatment||varnish removed; surface cleaned; coated; inpainted|
Provenance Dr. Strauss, Vienna (date and mode of acquisition unknown); purchased by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), November 11, 1875, Baltimore ; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.  The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 422.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right: B. Vautier del 1872
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1878
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