Edmé Jean Pigal
Ah! la mauvaise air
Watercolor and black chalk on paper.
10 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches (277 x 200 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
Title inscribed with a brush in watercolor at foot of drawing.
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
Published caption title same as above.
Watercolor drawing by Pigal for a lithograph published as no. 47 of a volume of 100 hand colored lithographic plates printed by Langlumé and issued with the title: Moeurs Parisiennes. Paris : Gihaut frères, ca. 1823.
Drawing shows a man and a woman walking along a road past a sign reading, "Depot general des poudrettes" (i.e. a dump for refuse or nightsoil); the pair turn their heads away in evident disgust at the smell emanating from the site.
Pigal, Edmé Jean, 1798-1872. Moeurs Parisiennes. 47.
Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-1986, former owner.