14 October 2008
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
George Hendrik Breitner (Dutch, 1857-1923)
Military manoeuvres: rode huzaren
signed 'G.H. Breitner.' (lower right)
chalk, watercolour and gouache on paper
47 x 68 cm.
Executed circa 1885.
Anonymous sale, Venduehuis der Notarissen, The Hague, 11 February 1930, lot 26. Kunsthandel Jacques Goudstikker, Amsterdam, inv.no. 3070, 1930's, where acquired by Mr H.E. ten Cate, Almelo, thence by descent to the present owners.
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Dr A. van Schendel, Breitner, Paletserie, Amsterdam 1939, p. 25, ill., as: Manoeuvres.
Dr D. Hannema, Catalogue of the Mr. H.E. ten Cate Collection, Rotterdam 1955, cat.no. 136, p. 148, as: On Manoeuvres.
Dr D. Hannema wrote the following concerning the present lot: 'A red hussar, in his dark-blue uniform with red facings, is seen cantering across ground gently sloping up to the right. Beyond are, at different points, three more cavalry-men. On the left, in front of a wood, a squadron resting. The 'Red Hussars' were stationed at The Hague. Breitner made this finished watercolour about 1885.'
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