Bedtime at Irish Farm, Travel Observations - Early 19th-century ink drawing

An original early 19th-century pen & ink drawing, Bedtime at Irish Farm.

This humorous drawing in brown ink depicts the French Messieur Trottman retiring to sleep at a farm on his travels in Ireland. The drawing lightly satirises cultural stereotypes in the early 19th century. The French inscription roughly translates as "Then he goes to bed". On paper laid down on backing paper.

There is minor glue staining around the outer edge of the sheet from being laid down on the backing paper.
7.2cm x 12.3cm.

This drawing forms part of an interesting collection of pen and ink works which document the observations and exploits of a French traveller to England, Scotland and Ireland in the early 19th century. The traveller is a Messieur Trottman and the inscriptions are in French. Messieur Trottman has a humorously simplistic view of the countries he visits, stereotyping and getting into scrapes for misunderstandings. The drawings satirise English pretensions after the victory at Waterloo, and the stereotypes of Scottish merriment and hospitality, and Irish poverty and brawn. The rapidly drawn nature of the drawings captures the essence of a scene or observation with wonderful economy. Together the drawings are a lightly satirical record of cultural impressions of the early 19th century.Text copyright © 2016 Somerset & Wood Fine Art Ltd. All rights reserved.

Product code: JE-420

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