On the plate, l.r.: Callot fecit Israel excudit. On the plate, lower right margin: 18 On the plate, lower margin, six verse lines in groups of two disposed from left to right: Cet example d'un Chef plein de reconnoissance, Qui punit les méchans et les bon recompance, Doit picquer les soldats d'un aiguillon d'honneur Puisque de la vertu dépend tout leur bon-heur, Et qu'ordinairement ils reciovent du Vice, La honte, le mespris, et le dernier supplice.
Seen frontally is a building along a canal. In front of the facade is a brick or cobble pavement; steps lead up to a triple doorway entrance while laundry and windows complete the second story. To either side of the central steps are doorways that lead down. In each of the doorways and on the pavement are grouped figures of women and children. The lower portion of the print shows the reflections of the building and figures.
According to the Glasgow catalogue raisonné, "The shop front of No. 148 Lijnbaansgracht, near the corner of Laurierstraat and Lijnbaansgracht, in the city of Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands. 7 Beatrice Whistler called it the 'Royen Gracht'. "
Two nude women looking at viewer, standing 1/4 turn to the left. Left-hand figure has right hand behind head, right elbow in air; she also has "paper-colored" hair. The figure on the right has hands on hips, elbows pointing out; left elbow a half-inch from right side of image. Right-hand figure has black hair. Two lines, center and on the right, suggest a ground/floor.
There are blues, reds, blacks, yellows, aquamarines intertwined in this piece, creating a swirling effect and different shapes throughout. All of the shapes converge in the center where the color shapes are smaller and more intwined.
Balbir Sen of Mandi sits with his legs tucked under him against a purplish bolster on an oval orange carpet with a green border. He wears a white garment with green borders and some jewelry: a ring, bracelets, an armlet, necklaces, earrings and wears a green turban with a turban jewel across the front, surmounted by a black feathered aigrette. A sword signifying his rank lies across his body. He sits in strict profile with a heavy black beard and mustache. The paper is plain and uncolored except around the figure, which is painted against a white wash taking the shape of the seated man and his setting.
Inscriptions in devanagari script are above the painting.
Balbir Sen (ca. 1817–1851; r. 1839–1851) was born into a family that had ruled the small state of Mandi, in the foothills of the Himalaya, since the early sixteenth century. In this portrait he is shown seated on an orange rug, with a purple bolster pillow at his back. He is dressed in simple white robes, with only a few appurtenances of rank: a sword, a few pieces of modest jewelry, and a perky feather in his turban. Without resorting to fussy detail, the artist has convincingly portrayed a distinct personality. Although the almost geometric shapes create a flat pattern, there is nonetheless a sense of mass to the figure.
Text: Team Work Wins! Your Work Here Makes Their Work Over There Possible - With Your Help They Are Invincible - Without It They Are Helpless - Whatever You Make, Machine Gun or Harness, Cartridges or Helmet, They Are Waiting For It. Issued By Authority Ordnance Department, U.S. Army