Priest and Beggar

Year: 1901

Description: Based on its style, this crayon drawing probably dates to around 1901. It strikes me as a preparatory drawing but for what, I don't know. It could be based on a contemporary event but Hermann-Paul was moving into book illustration around this time and it could have very well been for that purpose. It it unsigned but its provenance is impeccable. The drawing bears the stamp of the Chartres auction on the verso.

Generally, I don't publish works without a more thorough understanding but this one has me stumped and I hope to receive assistance from my readers. The man in the foreground whom I've identified as a beggar looks eerily familiar.

Provenance: Private Collection

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