Alfred de Dreux (1810 - 1860)

The Jockey Sold

Watercolour.
Signed Alfred de Dreux at the lower right.
279 x 375 mm. (11 x 14 3/4 in.)

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De Dreux’s depictions of horses were much admired by his contemporaries, who saw him as the natural heir to Géricault. As one critic noted in 1834, a painting of a horse by De Dreux ‘would perhaps support the comparison, in terms of its energy, its verve and its truth, with the horses of Géricault.’ In later years, Edgar Degas is known to have copied prints of horses by both De Dreux and Géricault in preparation for his own racetrack paintings.

This is a splendid, fresh example of De Dreux’s watercolour technique. Indeed, as has been noted of this drawing, ‘In its crispness and vigour the watercolour is typical of the best of Dedreux’s works.’ A related study in pen and brown ink of this composition, of similar dimensions, was exhibited alongside the present sheet in 19754, and is turn a study for a lithograph published in 1842.

Provenance:
P. & D. Colnaghi, London, in 1975
Robert Noortman Gallery, London, in 1977
J. L. W. Bird Fine Art, London, in 1983
Peter Gilbert Greenall, Baron Daresbury of Walton, until 2011.

Literature:
London, P. & D. Colnaghi, French Drawings: Post Neo-Classicism, exhibition catalogue, 1975, unpaginated, no.50 (‘In its crispness and vigour the watercolour is typical of the best of Dedreux’s works.’)

Alfred DE DREUX

The Jockey

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