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. Here a young crossing-sweaper, a common sight in Victorian streets, and a companion, eye a rich lady's ankles, exposed as she navigates a dirty pavement.
- Private Lives: Nineteenth Century American Genre Drawings. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1994-1995.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Initials] Lower left: J M L
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters
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