Lot Content

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
Thomas Couture (French, 1815-1879)
Property of a Midwest Collector
Thomas Couture (French, 1815-1879)

Le chasseur à pied, étude pour 'Le baptême du prince impérial'

Details
Thomas Couture (French, 1815-1879)
Le chasseur à pied, étude pour 'Le baptême du prince impérial'
signed with initials 'T.C.' (center right)
oil on paper on canvas
24 ½ x 20 in. (62.2 x 50.8 cm.)
Painted in 1856.
Provenance
Acquired by the present owner in New York, 2004.

Condition report

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

The present work is a study for one of the figures in Couture’s never-completed monumental commission Le baptême du prince impérial. The soldier in this study, his eyes cast reverently downward, appears on the left side of the painting, to the right of the figure of the Zouave, silhouetted in front of the flags over the proper right shoulder of the figure of Napoléon III. The present figure has been variously identified as either a cuirassier, who together with the Zouave were intended to collectively represent a personification of the military, or possibly a portrait of either Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte II or Prince Oscar of Sweden.

More from European Art

View All
View All