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Italian Boy with a Guinea-pig

MÜLLER, William James (1812 - 1845)

[image: Italian Boy with a Guinea-pig]

Date: 1836

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 74.0 x 53.0 cm

Acquired: Gift; Sir Henry Webb

Accession Number: NMW A 419

One of a series of genre pictures of Italian street musicians and vendors painted after the artist's return from Italy. The boy has a wooden hutch strapped to his chest and holds the guinea-pig in one hand as he extends the other towards the spectator for payment. The reverse of the canvas is painted with a river landscape which probably dates from the 1840s.

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