Man with a Broken Pitcher

La Cruche Cassée etched by Charles Jacque shows a seated man with a broken pitcher in his left hand, at which he gestures with his right. Shards from the pitcher lie on the floor, and a basket tilts off the edge of the table, on which sits an empty glass. It appears that Jacque is chronicling the kind of mishap that can befall the drinking man. Before concentrating on depictions of rural life, Jacque made caricatures for a satiric magazine. In his prints, however, he presented the life of rural people sympathetically, not satirically.
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Date made
graphic artist
Jacque, Charles Émile
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 10.9 cm x 9.4 cm; 4 5/16 in x 3 11/16 in
plate: 21.5 cm x 16 cm; 8 7/16 in x 6 5/16 in
sheet: 31.3 cm x 24.3 cm; 12 5/16 in x 9 9/16 in
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Family & Social Life
Country Scenes
Ferris Collection
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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