The Intelligence Office

The Intelligence Office
Title
The Intelligence Office
Date 
1849
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
Overall: 22 x 27 in. ( 55.9 x 68.6 cm ) frame: 29 x 34 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (29 x 34 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)
Description 
Genre painting that depicts a female employment office; the two women off to the left respond to the ad in the Sun newspaper, which is crumpled at one of the women's feet; the woman sitting in the chair is the potential employer; in the center, is the agent presiding over the of the office; his duties, which are stated on a sign on the wall next to him, say that he is "warranted" to provide domestic employers who are "honest".
Credit Line 
Purchase, Abbott-Lenox Fund
Object Number 
1959.46
Inscriptions 
Inscribed on reverse: The Intelijuns Ofis / Wm. Henri Bur / June 1849
Bibliography 
Weinberg, H. Barbara, and Barratt, Carrie Rebora, Eds., American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life 1765-1915, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, pp. 31-2, 72.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group