Red chalk (seated man); black chalk (head of a dog); pen and brown ink over black chalk (seated woman)
Sheet: 12.4 x 12.7 cm (4 7/8 x 5 in.)
Bequest of Nicholas J. Velloney 2003.265
Claude-Joseph Vernet was first trained as an artist by his father, who was an artisan specializing in carriage decorations.
At age 20, Claude-Joseph Vernet traveled to Italy, where he remained for two decades, painting landscape views of the Roman countryside and stormy, imaginary seascapes for Italian aristocrats and wealthy French and British tourists. Vernet populated his paintings with contemporary figures based on sketches from life, such as the three shown here. Drawn at different times in different media, together they form an amusing glimpse of Italian street life in the 1700s.
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