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Lever du valet de limier - Man sitting on edge of bed, dressing

Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet (called Horace Vernet) (French, 1789–1863)

Catalogue Raisonné

Beraldi 111; Sanchez 212 second state


Sheet: 32 × 47 cm (12 5/8 × 18 1/2 in.) Image: 15 × 19.3 cm (5 7/8 × 7 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Crayon lithograph

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



A valet is sitting on the edge of an unmade bed putting gaiters on over his shoes. His foot is resting on a chair as he does this. His boots are at the foot of the bed, in front of a trunk. The valet is dressed in a shirt with a vest, pants, and a cap.
A chamber pot can be seen under the bed. The lower mattress of the bed has a checkered pattern.
In front of the valet is a chair with a woven seat. A rope hangs from the back of the chair. A lit candle is on the seat of the chair. The candle casts light causing a large shadow of the valet to appear on the wall behind him. The bed is against the wall. On this wall are a rifle with a bag of shot (?) attached to it. Below the rifle, and slightly to the left, a small medal (?), on a string, is hanging from a nail.
A hunting horn and sword are hung on the wall above the head of the valet’s bed. A window with twelve panes is to the left of the horn. A curtain hangs on the left side of the window. To the left of the window three separate pieces hang.
Under the three hanging pieces and behind the chair is a small table with a drawer. A book and small object are on the table.


Au crayon lithographique l.l. H Vernet; outside image l.r. I. Lith. de Delpech. b. c. title LEVER DU VALET DE LIMIER
On the sheet 9 cm from left and 6.3 cm from bottom is a small stamp - an oval with the initials F. K. inside the oval; VERSO l.r 15.7 cm in and 10.6 cm up inside and around the edge of an oval MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON MASS, inside is a smaller oval with 23479


PDP Register entry: Date acquired, 10/1/1913 [exact to month]

Credit Line

Frederick Keppel Memorial Bequest