Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798-1863 Paris)
Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798-1863 Paris)

A stallion in profile to the right, an arab crouching in the foreground

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Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798-1863 Paris)
A stallion in profile to the right, an arab crouching in the foreground
signed and dated 'Eug Delacroix. 1825.'
graphite
7 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. (181 x 233 mm.)
Provenance
Mary Ansley, to her husband
Colonel Benjamin Ansley (d. 1842), by descent to his brother-in-law
Richard Collyer Andree, Stuttgart, and thence by descent to
General von Hermann, Stuttgart.
Dr. Georg Siegmund Graf Adelmann von Adelmannsfelden, by whom presented to the present owner.

Lot Essay

The attribution to Delacroix was supported by Professor Lee Johnson, on the basis of a photograph, in a letter dated 28 June 2002. Professor Johnson notes that the drawing would appear to date from Delacroix's stay in London in the summer of 1825.
The absence of Delacroix' studio stamp indicates that the drawing was offered as a presentation piece during the artist's lifetime. Since Mary Ansley, the earliest recorded owner of this drawing, was an accomplished painter who exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1814-18, 1821-25 and 1832-33, and was also an acquaintance of Louis Napoleon, it seems likely that she would have also known Delacroix and may have received the drawing directly from him.
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