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
- Jean Baptiste Mallet
- The Evening Prayer
- Opaque watercolor, over traces of black chalk, on cream laid paper, laid down on card
- Signed and dated, lower left, in brush and brown watercolor: "J Mallet 1790"; inscribed verso, lower center, in graphite: "no. 11"
- 288 × 386 mm (primary support); 295 × 389 mm (secondary support)
- Margaret Day Blake Fund