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 12"x9". The poster print is an edition of 10, and is 24"x18". Both are archival pigment prints on 300gsm hot press paper.