Antique French engraved hand coloured etching of a chemineau or tramp drawn by Meissonier and engraved by Guibaut


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A delightful antique Nineteenth Century French engraved drawing or etching.
This drawing is by Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891) and the engraver was Guibaut. This is one of a series of drawings and paintings made in the 1840's, the original now held in the National Library of France. The series was called Les français peints par eux-mêmes : encyclopédie morale du dix-neuvième siècle. Which translates as The French Painted by Themselves: A Moral Encyclopedia of the Nineteenth Century.

The drawing depicts a man of the lanes, a Chemineau or vagabond, or what we would call in English, a Tramp. The engraving has been hand-coloured. It is signed and titled indistinctly. The piece has been loosely mounted on backing card at a later date and this is annotated with the title and artist. Condition is fair, there is a small tear to the bottom of the paper by the feet of the tramp. (see photo) There is a little discolouration associated with age.
The size is approx 17 x 26cm.

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