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Rag Pickers, Quartier Mouffetard, Paris

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James McNeill Whistler, Rag Pickers, Quartier Mouffetard, Paris, 1858, etching and drypoint on cream laid paper, Gift of Bob Rau, public domain, 92.195.2

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Title

Rag Pickers, Quartier Mouffetard, Paris

Artist

James McNeill Whistler (American, active England and France, 1834-1903)

Date

1858

Medium

etching and drypoint on cream laid paper

Catalogue Raisonné

Glasgow 29

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 6 in x 3 9/16 in; sheet: 9 5/16 in x 6 1/16 in

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Bob Rau

Accession Number

92.195.2

Copyright

public domain

Terms

etching

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

paper

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

Lower Level

Helen Copeland Gallery

Description

One of the oldest neighborhoods in Paris, the Mouffetard quartier is a warren of small streets and narrow passageways. At the time Whistler made this etching, it was a squalid area, populated by poor workers, beggars, and rag pickers, who eked out a living by collecting scraps.

Whistler maintained an interest in these poor and marginal lives, as seen in this sheet, Longshoremen, and Soupe à trois sous [see Related Artworks].

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