Description Perry trained in Europe, initially under Emmanuel Leutze in Düsseldorf, Germany, and then with Thomas Couture in Paris. Before opening a studio in New York in 1866, he traveled extensively and for a time served as United States Consul in Venice. This drawing was made during an 1858-1862 stay in the United States and records a typical kitchen interior in mid 19th-century America. The sentimental young cook strokes the soft feathers of a bird. The bird's eye is open, unlike the eyes of the birds placed on the table. Is the young girl bidding the bird farewell before she has to kill it?
- Private Lives: Nineteenth Century American Genre Drawings. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1994-1995.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signed and dated] Lower right: E.W. Perry jr 1859
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters
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