(Herserange 1819 - Vichy 1879)
A Bashi-Bazouk from Upper Egypt
Signed and dated VALERIO 1854 SILISTRIA at the lower right.
Stamped with the Valerio vente stamp (Lugt 2476) at the lower left.
Inscribed and numbered Le negre [?] / 02886500 on a label pasted onto the old backing board.
453 x 277 mm. (17 7/8 x 10 7/8 in.) [sheet]
This watercolour is closely related to, and may be a study for, an etching and drypoint, of somewhat smaller dimensions, entitled Bachi-Bozoucq de la haute Egypte (camp de Silistrie). The print was reproduced as Plate 2 in Valério’s album Les Populations des provinces danubiennes en 1854, published in Paris around 1855.
The Valério studio sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 12-14 February 1880 (lot number unidentified, possibly lot 74: ‘Soldat nègre de la Haute-Egypte (Siège de Silistrie)’).