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A Chat by the Fireside
  • Jean-Léon Gérôme
    1824–1904
    born: Vesoul, France ; died: Paris, France
  • A Chat by the Fireside, 1881
  • Where object was made: France
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 46.4 x 38.1 cm
    Canvas/Support: 18 1/4 x 15 in
    Frame Dimensions: 28 7/8 x 25 3/4 x 4 in
  • Museum purchase
  • On view: Gallery 401
  • 1970.0008
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Two figures in front of a fireplace; on the left is a seated guard wearing green pants and a red sash belt; on the right is a standing servant wearing dirty, ripped clothing. There is a rifle resting against the wall on the left side. The fireplace has been tiled in brightly colored teal/blue/gold tiles. There is a cat seated behind the servant, by the fire.