Edmé Jean Pigal

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Edmé Jean Pigal
1798-1872
Comptez sur moi, mon cher
ca. 1822
Watercolor with traces of graphite on paper.
11 1/16 x 7 7/8 inches (269 x 200 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
2003.20:13
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Title inscribed in ink at foot of drawing.
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From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
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Published caption as title.
Watercolor drawing by Pigal for a lithograph published as no. 30 of a volume of 50 hand colored lithographic plates printed by Langlumé and issued with the title: Recueil de scènes de société. Paris : Gihaut frères, [ca. 1822].

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Drawing shows a nervous suitor approaching a bureaucrat, who gives him his little finger; the official holds the suitor's letter in his other hand and on the ground at his feet sits a basket full of similar letters.

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