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The Evening Prayer

A work made of opaque watercolor, over traces of black chalk, on cream laid paper, laid down on card.
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  • A work made of opaque watercolor, over traces of black chalk, on cream laid paper, laid down on card.

Date:

1790

Artist:

Jean-Baptiste Mallet
French, 1759-1835

About this artwork

Jean-Baptiste Mallet was a painter and printmaker who specialized in small, elegant gouaches (opaque
watercolors) of enigmatic subjects, such as this. Arranged like an implausible stage set, a monk-like character and an old man wearing a Phrygian cap appear to reprimand a largely female family who must have fallen on tough times, given that their handsome carpet and ornamental birdcage decorate a rusticated farm building.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jean Baptiste Mallet

Title

The Evening Prayer

Origin

France

Date

1790

Medium

Opaque watercolor, over traces of black chalk, on cream laid paper, laid down on card

Inscriptions

Signed and dated, lower left, in brush and brown watercolor: "J Mallet 1790"; inscribed verso, lower center, in graphite: "no. 11"

Dimensions

288 × 386 mm (primary support); 295 × 389 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Margaret Day Blake Fund

Reference Number

2015.357

Extended information about this artwork

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