Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (1815 - 1891)

A Mounted Dragoon Sold

Pen and grey ink and grey wash, with touches of waterolour, heightened with white, on blue paper partly faded to brown.
Signed with the artist’s monogram at the lower right centre.
The red wax seal of the vente Meissonier on the original frame backing board.
192 x 111 mm. (7 5/8 x 4 3/8 in.) [image]
296 x 171 mm. (11 5/8 x 6 3/4 in.) [sheet]

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This drawing may be a first idea for one of the leading dragoons in Meisonnier’s painting The Guide of 1883 and exhibited in Paris that year; the painting has recently appeared on the art market in 1980 and 2002. The canvas was preceded by a large watercolour variant of the composition, executed several years earlier in 1874, which is today in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven.

A similar study of a mounted dragoon, preparatory for The Guide, is in the Louvre.

Provenance:
The artist’s studio sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 12-20 May 1893, lot 445 (‘Étude de dragon en selle’)
Charles Meissonier
His sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 24 April 1901, lot 21 (‘Étude de Dragon’, sold for 130 francs)
Galerie Fischer-Keiner, Paris
Stuart Denenberg Fine Arts, Boston and San Francisco
Mrs. John (Dodie) Rosekrans, San Francisco
Thence by descent until 2011.

Jean-Louis-Ernest MEISSONIER

A Mounted Dragoon

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