Eugène Le Roux (aka Eugène Leroux) (1811–1863)
“Officier de Chasseurs à Cheval de la Garde Impériale Chargeant” (Charging Officer of the Mounted Hunters of the Imperial Guard) (aka “Le Guide à Cheval”; “Le Guide”), c1848, plate 89 in the series of 144 plates (Volume 2 , fourth livraison [Plates 73–96]), “Les Artistes Anciens et Modernes”, printed by Bertauts (fl. 1830s–1880) in Paris, after Théodore Géricault’s (aka Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault) (1791–1824) painted study (c1812) of the same composition in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (see https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:G%C3%A9ricault_-_Officier_de_chasseurs_%C3%A0_cheval_de_la_garde_imp%C3%A9riale_chargeant,_esquisse,_RF210.jpg?uselang=fr).
Lithograph printed in black ink on buff chine collé on heavy wove paper with wide margins as published and blind-stamped at lower centre.
Size: (sheet) 44.8 x 31.2 cm; (image borderline) 25.9 x 19.3 cm.
Numbered and lettered in plate: (upper right) “89”; (lower left) “Géricault, pinx.”; (lower centre) “Imp. Bertauts, Paris.”; (lower right) “E. Le Roux, lith.”
Blind stamped: (in oval at lower centre) “LES ARTISTES/ ANCIENS/ ET MODERNES”.
IFF 84 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Plate 89: officer of the Imperial guard on a rearing horse, turned to left, brandishing his sabre, part of a cannon (?) further away to left; after Géricault” (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1889-0608-409).
See also the description offered by Musée d’art et d'histoire: https://collections.geneve.ch/mah/oeuvre/officier-de-chasseurs-cheval-de-la-garde-imperiale-chargeant/e-2011-0778.
Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with generously wide margins (as published). Beyond age-toned (darkened) edges, the sheet is in a near pristine condition for its age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling.
I am selling this dramatic lithograph showing Géricault’s friend, Alexandre Dieudonné—an officer of the chasseurs of the Imperial Guard—wearing a magnificent plumed shakos while welding his sabre from a rearing horse—a somewhat theatrical pose that Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer in (2010) “Théodore Géricault” (London, Phaidon) interestingly cites the famous art historian, Norman Bryson’s viewpoint: “overstated virility in compensation for thwarted masculinity at a time of defeat and humiliation” (p. 32)—for a total cost of AU$244 (currently US$174.20/EUR154.61/GBP131.60 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 beautifully executed lithograph after Géricault, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold