A man is seen from the back, dressed n rags and leaning on a staff. He has a hat over cloth that is wrapped around his head. The single figure dominates the composition.
Paper size: h 21 7/10cm x w 15cm. Plate sizeL h 13 4/5cm x w 8 4/5cm.
Jacques Callot was an innovative and highly accomplished printmaker. Callot's style is both dramatic and elegant; here we see the monumental treatment of a beggar observed and drawn with great sensitivity.
This is a rectangular fragment of a larger garment, probably a shawl, woven from very fine woolen threads with a white/natural ground and alternating rows of intricately detailed 'boteh' (paisley) patterns in red and blue.
Inscribed LC: Workman Signed LR: Elizabeth Olds.1939 Stamped LL: Federal Art Project NYC WPA Addt'l markings: inscribed LRC: 11 Original NY FAP label in file, date in blue: OCT 9 1939 Stamped in black: OCT 16 1939