Alexandre Denis ABEL DE PUJOL
(Valenciennes 1787 - Paris 1861)
A Woman Abducted by a Mounted Arab Warrior
Inscribed or signed Abel at the lower right.
Further inscribed Enlévement d’Hélène. Vivandiere / au 17 Léger (chevaux Arabes). on the old backing sheet.
259 x 252 mm. (10 1/4 x 9 7/8 in.) at greatest dimensions.
Stylistically reminiscent of the work of Abel de Pujol’s contemporaries Carle (1758-1836) and Horace Vernet (1789-1863), the present sheet was until recently mounted and used as a handheld fan. An identical composition is found in a slightly larger drawing attributed to Horace Vernet; one of a pair of pencil and watercolours which appeared on the London art market in 1975.
Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, London, in 2008
Private collection, New York
Thence by descent.