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Business card for the Compañia de Carbones Ingleses (verso)
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Business card for the Compañia de Carbones Ingleses (verso)

Eugenio Lucas y Padilla (1824-1870)

Width: 7.3 cm; Height: 11.5 cm;


Printed, verso, business card for the Compañia de Carbones Ingleses (an English coal merchant), [not transcribed]

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
Clearly inspired by Goya, Lucas demonstrates in this miniature scene an astonishingly experimental technique: black ink rubbed and brushed onto the paper, leaving different textures and marks characteristic of the artist’s manchas (literally, “stains”). Rather than being clearly defined, the figures of a woman and perhaps two children emerge without contours out of the darkness of the sheet. The stark contrasts of light and dark evoke a sense of drama and danger. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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