This is one of the earliest of Degas's many café scenes. Two men are seated at a table, examining what appears to be a newspaper; the man on the right holds a magnifying glass and his companion wears a monocle.

There are a number of related sketches in one of Degas's notebooks dating from about 1867 to 1874, now in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1834 - 1917
Full title
At the Café Châteaudun
Date made
about 1869-71
Medium and support
Pencil and oil (essence) on paper, mounted on canvas
Dimensions
23.7 x 19 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Mr and Mrs Charles Wilmers, 1991
Inventory number
NG6536
Location in Gallery