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[Great Britain], late 19th century.
Physical Description:
1 drawing : watercolor ; 17 x 25 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
P304 .D73+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of David Doret, Yale BA 1968, and Linda Mitchell
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Drawings & Watercolors
Title written in graphite, in the lower center area of the drawing.
Watercolor over graphite.
A visual pun on the many senses of the word "draughts." In a single composition, the watercolor depicts: a horse (or mule) pulling a canal boat; a young man, with pencil in hand, over a blank page; two men at opposite sides of the river bank, drawing a net for fish; an archer drawing his bow; a man drawing a beverage (presumably beer) from a large mug; two boys engaged in a game of draughts (checkers); the drawing of funds in a balance book.
The artist and date are unidentified. It's possible that the young man depicted prominently with pencil and drawing book is in fact a self-portrait.
Subject Terms:
Plays on words.
Wit and humor.

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