Charles Samuel Keene (1823-1891)

The Coal Famine

British, mid 1800s

Pen and brown ink

16.8 x 11.4 cm 

A lady and a gentleman are seated either side of a table in overcoats and hats.

The lady on the left reads an invitation to a ‘Fire Party.’ There is another work of the same subject in the Barber’s collection in a volume of 24 drawings by the artist (No. 44.10 (1-2)).

Purchased 1940 (No. 40.4)


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