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French Clerk


Lithograph sketch made in 1840 by Gavarni, a popular French illustrator who spent years drawing Parisian characters and manners. This one is the government clerk, one of many characters whose habits were described in a book about people's occupations. He seems to be facing inclement weather, as he has an umbrella in his arm and is leaning forward like against a wind: so we may suppose this coat and hat were the sort to keep a man warm.