17 September 1999
Jean-Baptiste Debret (1768-1848)
Ngres en commission par un temps de pluie
signed and dated 'J. Be DeBret/Rio de Janeiro/1823' (lower left)
5.7/8 x 8.3/8in. (15 x 21.2cm.)
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