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It’s a unique version of B. Pinelli's composition "Beggar’s Family". Unlike all other known variants, where a passerby is walking uninterestedly by a woman who is covering her head with a cloth and begging people to help her child, in this composition a rich man, covered with the drapery of a blue coat, is outstretching his hand and giving a coin to a needy family. The work Famiglia indigente was first performed by Pinelli in 1815; then the author repeated it unchanged in 1816. The third version of the engraving was published in the album Pittoreskes Italien in Leipzig in 1840. On that engraving, a man was standing in front of a cloth-covered woman with three children; it was unclear what his next actions would be. In the Lviv version of the composition, a passerby is depicted giving alms. The main character is a cute child who is sleeping peacefully, lying on a crumpled bedding laid just on the pavement. The plump figure of the child is accentuated by a red spot of the bedding. The action is taking place in the evening street of an empty city; the tension is created by dimmed watercolor tones and black emptiness of window openings. The work is generally dominated by a sentimental mood that is typical of early Romanticism.
In the lower right corner there is the author’s signature – Pinelli f. [fecit]. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Famiglia indigente. There is a number "19" in the upper right corner above the plate.