Medium: Watercolor and graphite on white laid paper
Nightlife in Philadelphia—an Oyster Barrow in front of the Chestnut Street Theater
John Lewis Krimmel, the creator of this piece, is known for his lively images of early nineteenth century Philadelphia street life. His work frequently depicts people of differing races and social classes participating in public scenes. In this watercolor and graphite image, an apron-clad Black oyster vendor sells some oysters from his barrow to a group of young white people outside of the Chestnut Street Theater. The vendor is shucking one of the oysters, while a woman holds up a candle, illuminating the evening scene.