Eugene Fromentin (La Rochelle 1820 - Saint-Maurice 1876)
An Arab Caravan Sold
Pen and grey ink and grey wash, with white heightening, over a pencil underdrawing on buff paper. Oval. Signed and dated Eug. Fromentin 1845, over an earlier signature in pencil, at the lower right. 270 mm. (10 5/8 in.) diameter.ENQUIRE
The present sheet, which is dated 1845, just predates Fromentin’s first visit to Algeria, and is thus unlikely to have been based on something the artist would have seen at first hand. The subject may instead have been inspired by another, perhaps literary, source.