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Interior with a Man Reading at His Desk

A. L. Leroy1827

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

This large charcoal drawing shows a man seated at his desk, reading a document. A tole lamp in the Empire style gives off a bright light. A small child appears to be feeding paper into the fireplace; a tea kettle is placed above. White fringed shades are drawn to the tops of the windows, which are dressed with a swagged valance on a pole. There is a partial view of a striped carpet in the foreground.

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  • Title: Interior with a Man Reading at His Desk
  • Creator: A. L. Leroy
  • Date Created: 1827
  • Signed: Lower right: A. L. Leroy, 1827
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw CollectionEx. Coll.: Galerie Jacques Fischer, Paris
  • Paper Support: Tan wove paper
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 75.6 x 60 x 2.5 cm (29 3/4 x 23 5/8 x 1 in.)Sheet: 68.8 x 55.6 cm (27 1/16 x 21 7/8 in.)
  • Bibliography: Gail S. Davidson et al., House Proud, Nineteenth-century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection (New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2008), 82-83, pl. 8.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Charcoal stumped, black and white chalk on tan wove paper mounted on paperboard

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