A singing peasant

Russian School (19th Century)

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Russian School (19th Century)
A singing peasant
signed with Cyrillic initials, inscribed and dated 'A.S?.1856./Roma' (lower left) and further inscribed in Russian 'Ah you an me./Ah me and you', the same phrase paraphrased in excised letters (lower right)
pencil and brown wash on paper
11 5/8 x 8 7/8 in. (29.5 x 22.5 cm.)