To the very rear of the engraving we see an alcove. There is a second press, indicating that this is probably at least a modestly successful workshop. The worker to the very rear could be cleaning plates, or mixing ink, whilst the man in front of him is most likely grinding pigment for making ink.
The printer Liénard and his son in his workshop; Liénard gazes at his son while working the printing press at right; his son looks at a finished print, holding it in his hands; on the worktable, piles of sheets; on the walls, framed prints; beyond, an open window and a skylight just seen; after a charcoal drawing by Lhermitte; from the publication 'L'Art' (1882). 1882.