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Camping Place of the Gypsies: The Preparation of the Feast

A work made of etching with burin on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching with burin on paper.




Jacques Callot
French, 1592-1635

About this artwork

Jacques Callot’s Camping Place of the Gypsies is the final plate of a four-part series that forms a rare, friezelike composition when assembled. These mysterious wanderers, alternately called gypsies or Bohemians, inspired much fascination at the beginning of the 17th century. It was rumored that Callot himself joined a similar group of Bohemians in Italy when he was 12 years old. In this picaresque scene, a motley crew of disheveled itinerants takes refuge for the evening under trees. While some prepare dinner, others entertain themselves with a game of cards, perhaps to pass the time as they wait for the arrival of their newest member, visible in the background.


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Jacques Callot


Camping Place of the Gypsies: The Preparation of the Feast


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1612–1635


Etching with burin on paper


Image/sheet, cut within platemark: 12.3 × 23.5 cm (4 7/8 × 9 5/16 in.)

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Print and Drawing Club Fund

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