1853 - 1907
signed and dated Eugène Girardet. 1888. lower left; signed and indistinctly inscribed on the reverse
oil on canvas
125 by 184cm., 49 by 72½in.
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The canvas has not been lined and is securely attached to a keyed wooden stretcher, possibly the original.
There is a faint stretcher mark visible corresponding to the horizontal stretcher member. However, this is not distracting.
The painting surface is entirely stable.
Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals an even layer of residual varnish and some scattered spots and lines of cosmetic retouching in the background, some fine lines in the woman's headpiece and one small spot to the left of the lamb, possibly addressing a small restoration (also patched on the reverse).
Overall, this work presents very well and is ready to hang.
Presented in a decorative gilt frame.
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This intimate domestic scene shows four generations of Algerian women at work together, most likely in a local workshop. Weavers were a favourite subject among the Orientalists. Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Marie-Aimée Lucas-Robiquet, Alexis Delahogue and Gustave Guillaumet all painted similar scenes set in Algeria and Tunisia.