Farm Girl at Her Toilet, Lacing Her Corset

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The artist was the son of a curator in the state furniture repository at Versailles. He was a student to Louis Hersent and the painter Auguste-Xavier Leprince, exhibiting frequently in the Paris Salon from 1831.

In this painting a farm girl is depicted dressing in a bedroom that is part of a building also housing farm animals. The cow in the background peers over the partition as the girl laces up her clothing. The brightly coloured fabric of her skirt warms the dark barn.

Recent conservation work has revealed the shadow of a cockerel, which the artist later painted out, in the foreground. The cockerel, a symbol of lust, suggests that the artist may have originally intended a voyeuristic twist to the scene.

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle


Farm Girl at Her Toilet, Lacing Her Corset


oil on canvas


H 44.4 x W 40.6 cm

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bequeathed by the Founders, 1885

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Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8NP England

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