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    ERNEST CROFTS (England 1847-1911)

    Prince Rupert
    , 1893
    Oil on canvas
    39-3/4 x 30-1/4 inches (101.0 x 76.9 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right 'E. Crofts 1893'

    Ernest Crofts was a leading military and historical artist of the late Victorian period in England and Europe. He had over 40 works exhibited at the Royal Academy and was greatly influenced by the ten years he spent in Germany and Europe where he actually witnessed the combat of the Franco-Prussian War. He completed portraits of many of the Continent's military figures as well as those in England, also heroes in the not-so-distant past as Prince Rupert.

    Prince Rupert
    , Count Palatine of the Rhine and Duke of Bavaria (1619-1682) served under the Prince of Orange and in the English Civil War in 1642, serving the Royalist cause. He was named General of the Horse and raised money and troops tirelessly. He was named an Admiral and distinguished himself at the Battle of Texel in 1673, honored by Charles II for his bravery.

    This dramatic action portrait of Prince Rupert depicts him leading a cavalry charge when he served as General of the Horse. Ernest Crofts used his considerable knowledge of military history in great detail here, defining the accoutrements of war in excellent fashion.



    Exhibited: London, The Royal Academy, 1893, no. 445

    Provenance:
    Christie's, London (1999)


    Condition Report*: very good
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    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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