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The Barmaid

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Description The drawings Gavarni made based on his observations in Great Britain often depict the crowds and individual types found in drinking establishments, both low and high. "The Barmaid" not only exhibits its subject's considerable charms but also illustrates a distinctive English social custom. She is shown pausing on the threshold between the working-class "public bar" and the more genteel "parlour" section of the pub in which she works.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; mounted; re-housed; other
  • Watercolors and Drawings by Gavarni. National Gallery of Art, Washington. 1953-1954.
  • A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • 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 Goupil, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1865, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] in graphite, lower right: Gavarni [Transcription] in graphite, upper right: The Barmaid
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1865

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watercolor, crayon, and graphite with white heightening and gum heightening on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper
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H: 10 5/8 x W: 6 7/16 in. (27 x 16.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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