Antoine-Charles-Horace VERNET (Bordeaux 1758 - Paris 1836)
A Mameluke Mounting his Horse Sold
Black chalk. Signed and dedicated à Madame Jacob / Carle Vernet at the lower left.345 x 371 mm. (13 5/8 x 14 5/8 in.)ACQUIRED BY THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO, TORONTO.ENQUIRE
Carle Vernet produced a number of drawings and watercolours of Mameluke warriors, many of which were reproduced as lithographs or engravings by other artists. This large sheet is a preparatory study for one of these prints; a lithograph entitled Mameluck en Vedette, part of a series of six lithographs of Mameluke subjects designed by Vernet and published by François Seraphin Delpech. (An impression of the print is in the collection of the British Museum.) Popular with collectors and connoisseurs, these large and finished works date from the first decade of the 19th century, and were inspired by Napoleon’s campaigns against Mameluke tribesmen in his conquest of Egypt. For artists such as Vernet, as for the French public at large, the Mameluke and his magnificent Arabian steed stood as a symbol of the fierce exotic warrior; the proud horseman of the desert.
Given by the artist to a Mme. JacobPrivate collection, France.