Meissonier painted numerous genre scenes with individuals in period costume. This is a typical example with the smoker shown in a modest interior with a tankard and a glass of beer. The wall behind is decorated with some unframed popular prints.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1815 - 1891
Full title
A Man in Black smoking a Pipe
Date made
1854
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
32.4 x 23.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by Mrs Alice Bleecker, 1981
Inventory number
NG6468
Location in Gallery