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Country Village Road with Figures

A1959.27.26

A black ink etching by the French artist Auguste Lepere (1849 - 1918) depicting a rural village road.  A thatched-roof house can be seen in the foreground on the proper right side, and a large tree stands next to the house.  The road is located at the bottom of the etching, and it runs from the foreground to the background.  A village can be seen in the distant background on the proper left side near the bottom of the etching.  Figures of people can be seen walking on the road from the foreground to the background.

Auguste Lepere was a pupil in Paris of the English engraver Smeeton. In 1875 he joined the staff of the "Monde Illustre" and "Magasin Pitoresque", doing illustrations in the contemporary style of wood engraving. He exhibited paintings in the Salon from 1870 on, and after 1878 became more noted and respected for his original work in etching and wood engraving. His style reflects the simplicity and strong lines of medieval woodcuts. His work as a book illustrator is still most importatnt among collectors.

Artist: Auguste Lepere (1849 - 1918)

Title: Country Village Road with Figures

Medium: Etching on vellum

Dates: c. Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century

Dimensions: Octagonal Plate: 9.563" H x 7.688" W; Sheet: 17.5" H x 12.25" W

Culture: French

Accession Number: A1959.27.26

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Howard M. Morse

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