Maurice Hasse, French Line Infantry Soldiers - 19th-century watercolour painting

An original 19th-century watercolour painting, Maurice Hasse French Line Infantry Soldiers.

An exquisitely detailed and precise picture, remarkably drawn freehand in graphite and coloured wash. The uniforms of the infrantrymen date from the late 19th century. Here is a scene from frontline warfare in difficult terrain, with bugler and fallen casualty.

This is one of two works that we have for sale by Maurice Hasse (see also JN-113). We have been unable to establish his identity, but it is likely he was involved in illustration and engraving in France in the 19th century. The collection as a whole from which this picture derives is associated with the esteemed English painter and lithographer Newton Smith Limbird Fielding (1799-1856) who lived and worked for much of his life in Paris.

Signed lower right.
Some minor age toning and marks, commensurate with age. There are paper and glue remnants to the corners on the back of the sheet, from historically being laid down, which have caused slight buckling to the corners of the paper - outside the image - on the front. Please see photos for detail.
14.2cm x 19.2cm.

This picture is one of an interesting collection of works that we have for sale that were collected by a single owner in the 19th century. As such, they reflect the life of the collector - the Continental travels and habitations of a British Victorian. Many of the works are exquisitely executed and small in scale, and have the quality of souvenir or memento. The majority of the works are French in subject and their owner evidently had connections with Newton Smith Limbird Fielding (1799-1856), the esteemed English painter and lithographer who lived and worked for much of his life in Paris, exhibiting at the Paris Salon and Musée Colbert. Newton Fielding, along with his brother Thales, was a friend of Eugène Delacroix, and was appointed drawing master to the children of the Duke of Orleans, the future king Louis-Philippe. Interestingly, the owner of this collection of works also had an interest in the Royals, collecting prints relating to both British and French monarchy. There are also works in the collection depicting Switzerland and paintings of the Neapolitan School, reflecting the influence of the European Grand Tour on 19th century British tastes.

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Product code: JN-114

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