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A Third Class Carriage

DAUMIER, Honore (1808 - 1879)

A Third Class Carriage

Media: oil on board

Size: 26.0 x 33.5 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2455

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

This hurried oil sketch contains little fine detail yet is highly expressive. Daumier conveys the crowded discomfort and hints at the passengers’ character through their dress and posture. Daumier’s works often dealt with issues of social class and the third-class carriage was a favourite theme of Daumier’s in the early 1860s. Other more finished versions of this subject also exist.
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