Léon Auguste Lhermitte, 'The Lathe'

Léon Auguste Lhermitte, 'The Lathe'

Léon Auguste Lhermitte (1844-1925)
'The Lathe'
1868
Charcoal
Museum no. CAI 70
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

The French artist Lhermitte made a series of studies of rural craftsmen. He was influenced by Legros, who almost certainly introduced him to Ionides. The subject of working on a lathe would have appealed to Ionides because he himself practised wood-turning as a hobby. This study is in charcoal, an unusual medium for independent works of art at that time.