Jean-Georges Schickler is depicted here with the squadron leader's uniform from the Basel province. The great sobriety of the cloudy background, from which emerges the chestnut horse, gives the composition something mysterious and yet soft. One will recognise Gros' style in the velvet rendering of the face.
Horace Vernet was familiar with Schickler who was a patron and a collector. They had in common the passion for hunting and for horses. The Baron commissioned several works from the painter, and invited him to his soirées and to his hunting parties (Cf. Claudine Renaudeau op.cit. p. 228).
A miniature showing Jean-Georges Schickler in 1822 is in the sale, lot 160.
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