This is a very rare early French genre painting depicting a traveling vendor with his peep show in a country setting, with a mother and her children viewing the display titled "Le Vrai Jesus". Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches, overall frame size 41 x 36 inches, c. 1780s. This painting is unsigned, but it is exquisitely painted; the style and subject very reminiscent of the work of Louis Leopold Boilly (1761-1845). The painting was relined on aluminum and has some areas of inpainting, mostly the bottom edge and upper right, but overall is really quite presentable.
Engraving, drypoint, image size 8 x 6 inches, 1945, edition of 150, pencil signed l.r. "Stephen Izant" and titled l.l. "Protest". This print was commissioned by the Print Makers Society of California as their presentation plate for associate members for the year 1945, printed upon hand made, laid paper. Label on back from the Print Makers Society of California with artist provenance.