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What is this?

This large charcoal drawing shows a man seated at his desk, reading a document. A tole lamp in the Empire style gives off a bright light. A small child appears to be feeding paper into the fireplace; a tea kettle is placed above. White fringed shades are drawn to the tops of the windows, which are dressed with a swagged valance on a pole. There is a partial view of a striped carpet in the foreground.

This is a drawing. It is dated 1827 and we acquired it in 2007. Thaw Collection. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

charcoal stumped, black and white chalk on tan wove paper mounted on paperboard

Its dimensions are

Frame H x W x D: 75.6 x 60 x 2.5 cm (29 3/4 x 23 5/8 x 1 in.) Sheet: 68.8 x 55.6 cm (27 1/16 x 21 7/8 in.)

It is signed

Lower right: A. L. Leroy, 1827

Clare E. Thaw was the donor of this object.

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18708101/ |title=Drawing, "Interior with a Man Reading at His Desk", 1827 |author=Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum |accessdate=17 April 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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