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Racetrack Tout Tobacconist Figure
Racetrack Tout Tobacconist Figure
Racetrack Tout Tobacconist Figure

Racetrack Tout Tobacconist Figure

Attributed to Charles Dowler (1841-1931)
Providence, Rhode Island, ca. 1880’s
Carved wood, polychrome paint decorated
The fully carved figure of a tastefully dressed gentleman wearing a top hat, sporting a mustache and holding a cigar aloft in one hand represents a
racetrack tout, a person who was found giving advice on associated bets for the upcoming races. Radiating confidence and success, this tout embodies all the characteristics seen in such a well known figure from American popular culture of the 19th c.  Although there are only a few examples of racing touts that have survived fully intact, this example is perhaps one of the best known. A full condition report has been prepared by the renown restorer Peter Deen.
Provenance: From the Collection of Andy Williams

Dimensions: 70 1/2" overall height; 23" x 15 3/4" base

Item ID: FA-WDCRVG 313

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