What Teddy Bears Call Vagrancy
Based on Alfred Stephen's What Is Called Vagrancy. When this painting was made, vagrancy was a crime in France, punishable by imprisonment, and there were no protections for housing or employment, so this scene was tragically frequent: a single mother, recently ﬁred, would be evicted, and she and her children would be dragged to prison. It was painted during the turbulent youth of the industrial revolution and at a time when the spirit of democracy in France was very much alive (in some interpretations, the rich woman the policeman is gesturing at is trying to intervene), and it caused a stir. Apparently when Napoleon III saw it, he declared that such a scene should never happen again: henceforth vagrants would be carried away in closed carriages.
The limited edition print is from an edition of 100, and is a 12"x9" archival pigment print on 300gsm hot press paper.