L'Abreuvoir depicts the façade of a Renaissance palace beside a classical tomb, where the painter has written in Latin 'D.M.H. Robert hoc sibi suisque parentibus sepulchrum erexit 1804' (H. Robert erected this tomb in 1804 for himself and his relations). The painter, then aged seventy one and anticipating his own death, takes on a serious theme in a graceful and light-hearted manner.
L'Abreuvoir and L'Accident are presented as pendants, but may not have been intended to go together originally. Both works have been framed in such a way as to present them in their original oval format. As is common practice today, the enlargements have been preserved, but are hidden by the frame.