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Friday, 20 March 2020

Léon Cogniet’s lithograph after Théodore Géricault’s design, “Two Dapple-Grays Being Exercised’, 1822


Théodore Géricault (1791–1824) (designer) in collaboration with Léon Cogniet (1796–1865) (lithographer).

“Deux Chevaux Gris Pommelé Que L'on Promène” (Two Dapple-Grays Being Exercised), 1822, from the series of twelve lithographs and the title plate, “Études de Chevaux” (Horse Studies) (aka “Grands Chevaux” [Great Horses]), oringinally printed by François le Villain (aka Villain; Ch Villain; F Villain) (fl.1822–1852), published by Gihaut Frères (fl.1815–1871) in Paris in 1822.

Lithograph on wove paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 38.8 x 54 cm; (image borderline) 29.3 x 42.2 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) "Géricault del.”
State ii (of ii) with the erasure of “Lith. de Villain” at lower right (signifying state ii) (see Loys Delteil 1902 catalogue: https://archive.org/details/gri_33125005992975/page/n113/mode/2up).

Delteil 83.II (Loys Delteil 1902, “Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré [XIXe et XXe siècles]: Théodore Géricault”, vol. 18, Paris, Loys Delteil, p. 115).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Seen in profile to left, two horses wearing saddlecloths canter on a path, the one in the foreground is unmounted, held by the reins of the rider on the other horse”

The Curator of the BM also offers the following insights about this print and the series in which it is a part:
“According to Delteil, the lithograph was executed to a great extent by Léon Cogniet, after the lithograph 'Horses exercising' ([BM inv. no.] 1876,1111.323) in 'The English Set', which is the same subject in reverse, with variations (background wall and pillar, etc)” (BM inv. no. 1868,1114.299).
“Delteil quotes a passage from Ch. Clément, 'Géricault', which states that in order to satisfy public demand, the Gihaut brothers asked for a repeat of the artist's 'The English Set', but that only horses were required. Six equestrian subjects from the original series were retained and Géricault produced watercolours which were to serve as designs for the remaining six. He asked Léon Cogniet and Volmar to execute the work, and he directed the project, sending work back and making some corrections” (BM no. 1868,1114.293).

Condition: strong impression with generous margins, laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There is a closed tear in the upper margin otherwise the sheet is in a excellent condition for its considerable age.

I am selling this rare lithograph of Géricault’s design for AU$362 in total (currently US$212.40/EUR197.39/GBP182.23 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this strong image of horses galloping—an image proven to be incorrect in 1872 by Eadweard Muybridge whose photographs of horses revealed that the only moment when a horse has all its hooves off the ground is when it’s galloping and all its feet are pulled in together … but not while outstretched as portrayed here—please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.











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