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    FRENCH SCHOOL (19th Century)
    Portrait of a French Soldier in Uniform near his Encampment, circa 1865-67
    Oil on canvas
    27-1/2 x 20-1/2 inches (69.9 x 52.1 cm)
    Bears a name and date lower center: Michael 1850

    The French soldier depicted in this painting, who strongly resembles the military portraits by Edouard Manet, is wearing a uniform which closely conforms to regulations in place in the mid-to-late 1860s. The terrain depicted in the background of this portrait would appears to be North Africa, where the French Foreign Legion was based at the time, or Mexico, where French troops were dispatched in support of Emperor Maximilian until 1867.

    The date of 1850 on the painting is probably incorrect (and thus a later application), owing to the type of uniform portrayed. The coat worn by French units during the 1850s were much longer that the one shown here, and had a leather rather than red cloth shako. The date thus appears to be anachronistic. Many thanks to Dennis Lowe, Director of Civil War and Militaria at Heritage, for his invaluable assistance in cataloguing this lot.


    Condition Report*: Very good condition. Framed Dimensions 31.25 X 24.25 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2011
    17th Tuesday
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