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A paraleytic woman. Litograph. A paralysed woman sits asleep in a makeshift wheelchair. Her male companion transports her by fitting a harness onto his shoulders and tipping the chair backwards onto its wooden wheels. The woman's difficult circumstances are emphasised by the foggy atmosphere, the look of fear on a passing child's face and a glimpse of a hearse to the right. This lithograph is one in a series of twelve made by the French artist Géricault. Several of the prints depict the poor and blind of 19th century London. They were not a commercial success, probably due to their troubling subject matter.
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