This watercolor depicts a group of three children, three adult females, two adult males, and one small dog. An adult male plays a string instrument on the far left side, and an adult female sits on the lower right side; the rest stand. All the figures wear vividly colored clothes.
A man, shown in three-quarter view, is seen kneeling at the left side of the image, his hands are clasped in front of him in prayer. At the lower right is a sleeping lamb nestled into a roughly indicated background.
This quick sketch, consisting of rapid pen strokes on top of lightly drawn graphite lines, suggests that this was a quickly observed scene that the artist wished to quickly capture for future use, perhaps in an Adoration of the Shepherds or Nativity scene.
This black and white print depicts a scene with groups of figures separated compositionally by a large wooden post that is placed in the foreground of the composition, just left of center. Four male figures on the left look toward the scene on the right where a woman kneels in prayer before a child accompanied by two angels and a haloed man feeding hay to a donkey.
Adoration of the Shepherds: Virgin and Child in foreground at center right of composition with angels, Joseph and a donkey; shepherds are arranged on the left.
Two rough figures dominate the composition with a lightly etched landscape behind them. Both figures hold a staff and each is dressed in ragged clothes. In addition, the scallop shell, indicating that they are pilgrims to the shrine of St. James the Greater at Santiago de Compostela, is visible on the brims of their hats, and on the left shoulder of the man standing to the right.
Jacques Callot was an innovative and highly accomplished printmaker. Callot's style is both dramatic and elegant; here we see the monumental treatment of two peasant pilgrims or mendicants observed and drawn with great sensitivity.