Le Batoniste

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Le Batoniste
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Le Batoniste.

Paris, Noels Freres ca. 1810


Original hand colouring

190 x 270 mm


The street entertainer holds his seated assistant by the forehead with his left hand, in his right is his baton. By his feet lay a drum and other items. A crowd of onlookers watch expectantly. In the foreground an elegant man in military costume, being embraced by a woman from behind. Next to him stands a fashionable young lady with her child. Further along the crowd are a variety of spectators, including more rustic characters and a Turk.