|Title||Interior with an Old Woman Eating Soup|
|Collection||Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle|
|Artist||Veyrassat, Jules Jacques (French painter, 1828-1893)|
Veyrassat was a pupil of the academic painter Lehmann, but turned his attention to less elevated themes. He first showed at the Salon in 1848 with a portrait and later (1851) with three studies of Normandy. However, he is best known for his numerous prints, often taken after leading artists of the day (Daubigny, Decamps and Frère, for example), and won a medal for engraving at the Salons of 1866 and 1869.
In this work an old lady sits on a chair beneath a narrow window at the end of a small room. She wears a white cap and apron, and around here are articles of domestic life. Much of nineteenth-century French genre painting took its inspiration from seventeenth-century Dutch paintings of peasant and tavern scenes, musical parties and simple domestic interiors.
|Current Accession Number||B.M.321|
|Former Accession Number||No. 697; No. 162|
|Inscription||front lc 'J. VEYRASSAT./1853.'|
|Measurements||35.6 x 27 cm.0 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.|
|Provenance||Anon.sale, Boussaton, Paris, 15 Febuary 1869, cat. no. 96, purchased by John and Joséphine Bowes 77 francs.|
|Principal Exhibitions||Artists Living in 1866, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, August 1980.|
|Publications||Coutts, H., The Road to Impressionism: Josephine Bowes and Painting in Nineteenth Century France , Barnard Castle, 2002, p. 94, pl. 102.|
Bought as Interior by Veyrassat. This is no. 697 in John Bowes' catalogue, with the following description: 'An Interior. An old Woman eating soup. (Signed) Veyrassat 19th century'. It is also no. 162m in the Bowes' 1877 ms. list, where it is given a value of 80 francs.
|Rights Owner||The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham|
|Author||Dr Maylis Hopewell-Curie|