La Douane Italienne au Simplon, by Pierre François Eugène Giraud, 1880

La Douane Italienne au Simplon, by Pierre Francois Eugène Giraud, 1880
 

Pierre François Eugène Giraud (French, 1806 – 1881) painted this humorous scene in 1880. This oil on canvas work depicts a carriage full of travelers, stopped for inspection at a custom’s border check along Simplon Road in Switzerland. It measures 55 by 77 1/2 in. (140 by 197 cm), and it is held in a private collection in France. This painting went to auction at Sotheby’s in 2014, at which time it was estimated to sell for 120,000 to 150,000 USD.
 

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