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ID number:  BIRBI-93.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Géricault, Jean Louis André Théodore (1791-1824)
Title / Object name:  The Flemish Farrier
Object type:  Print
Place made:  France
Culture:  French
Date made:  1821
Materials:  Lithograph
Measurements:  290 x 390 mm; mount: 405 x 555 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from William Weston Gallery, London, April 1993

A rural working horse dominates this cramped and hot interior. A farrier with rolled-up sleeves and dishevelled clothing works on the horse’s hoof, highlighted by bright white steam. This print formed part of Géricault’s publication The English Series – Various Subjects Drawn From Life. By 1821, he had withdrawn from history painting in favour of observations of everyday life and ordinary people in which he saw a more genuine heroic quality.

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