A boat poled by a bare-chested man is about to reach a bank guarded by a three-headed dog tied to a kennel. On the boat is a host of passengers, among which Pierrot, Harlequin, a soldier wearing a shako, Falstaff, and the artist himself, depicted as a melancholy fool with a yellow hat. On the opposite bank, the sign reads: “Toll—5 C. per soul.”
The caption reads in the original French:
La barque à Caron.