Lot 11
  • 11

Jean-Léon Gérôme

60,000 - 80,000 GBP
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  • Jean-Léon Gérôme
  • Arnaut Drinking    
  • signed and dated JL GEROME / 1856 upper left  
  • oil on panel
  • 24 by 17.5cm., 9½ by 7in.


Petr Boutkine, Moscow (1865-1933; Russian diplomat at the consulate in Brussels)
Boussod Valadon & Cie, Paris, no. 28384 (purchased from the above)
Baron von Westenholz, Hamburg (purchased from the above on 18 August 1905)
Private collection, Germany


Gerald M. Ackerman, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme, with a catalogue raisonné, 1986, London, p. 290, no. 497
Gerald M. Ackerman, Jean-Léon Gérôme: monographie révisée, catalogue raisonné mis à jour, 2000, London, p. 362, no. 498, catalogued (as lost)

Catalogue Note

Arnauts, hailing from Albania, were among the bashi-bazouks or mercenaries of diverse origin employed by the Ottoman army (see lot 15). Of particular interest to Gérôme, Arnauts pervaded his work from the late 1850s onwards. They could stand as figures for Ottoman authority, as in Egyptian Recruits Crossing the Desert (1857 Salon), in which Arnauts lead forced conscripts on their march; or represent Muslim piety, as in Prayer in the House of an Arnaut Chief (1857 Salon). In a different vein, in the present work - like many others that show Arnauts relaxing, playing chess, or dancing and merry-making - the Arnaut is glimpsed off guard, taking refreshment from a fountain in a shady street.