Carl Goebel - Viennese Austrian painter, watercolorist, who depicted genre scenes of the XIX century Europe, especially of the Austrian empire (remember that since 1849 it became Austria-Hungarian Empire).
Below it is Belgrade in the XIX century, true that there are very few horses visible, but the colorful scenery and human types are present, giving this capital of Serbia a very Near Eastern character (more than 400 years of the Ottoman domination would have done it).
I have been to Belgrade a few times, great city.
|Smithy in the winter|
In the Polish legal history annals there are tons of stories about Gypsy banditry, thievery and mischief, but we also have a saying <kowal zawinil cygana powiesili> Blacksmith committed a crime but they hung the Gypsy; a little proverb about the scapegoat who was sacrificed for the sins of others . Nota bene love this saying by Mark Twain - There are many scapegoats for our sins, but the most popular is providence.
|fortune telling was another Gypsy 'occupation' and quite popular with the gentry, peasantry or town folks. I enjoy the look on the boy's face as he looks lovingly at the horse he holds for the two ladies that came for some divination and magic..|
and back to less exotic XIX century Europe, just this little delightful rendering of an Alpine water mill, with women doing laundry in the creek
one of my most favorite films of all time - Табор уходит в небо or Gypsy wagon camp escapes to Heaven - (release title in English is odd, isn't it? - Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven ) it is about the Gypsy passion for horses, women, music (eg Евгений Дога - Яблоко (Табор Уходит В Небо) - look for it on youtube) and love.