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Scene in a Tavern at Civita Vecchia

Artist:
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, Valenciennes 1827–1875 Courbevoie)
Date:
1858
Medium:
Pen and black ink
Dimensions:
Sheet: 6 15/16 x 8 3/4 in. (17.6 x 22.2cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1961
Accession Number:
61.136.2
Not on view
Inscription: Pen, brown ink, upper left, in the hand of Louis Barnet: Ce croquis que Carpeaux appelait l'improvisateur / a été composé par lui d'après une scene / de buveurs de Civita Vecchia, c'est un espèce / de chanteur qui improvise ce qui lui passe / par la tête au milieu des paysans qui / l'écoutent en bouvant. / Ceci lui plaisait beaucoup il avait le / projet de le reproduire soit en tableau / soit en bas relief. (L. Barnet) [This sketch that Carpeaux called L'Improvisateur, was composed after a scene of a group of drinkers in Civita Vecchia. He represents a singer who improvises on whatever happens to pass through his mind while he is amongst peasants who listen to him as they drink. The scene pleased Carpeaux and he planned to use it for a painting or a bas-relief.]
Pen and black ink, upper right: Souvenir de Carpeaux / Louis Barnet Capitain en retraite à Neuilly [sic] Sein ["e" cut off] / chevalier de la legion d'honneur / membre de la societ [sic] Nat. des artistes français/
Pierre Fix-Masseau (French, Paris 1905–1994), ParisAccording to dealer (?); Henri Baderou; Vendor: Henri Baderou
Anne Middleton Wagner Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. New Haven and London, 1986, fig. no. 128, pp. 141-143, ill.



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