Lot 172
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HORACE VERNET | Portrait of Jean-Georges Schickler, chief of the Basel canton squadron

80,000 - 120,000 EUR
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  • Vernet, Horace
  • Portrait of Jean-Georges Schickler, chief of the Basel canton squadron
  • Signed and dated lower right H.Vernet 1826
  • Oil on canvas
  • 118 x 87cm ; 46  7/16 x 34  1/4 in.


Salon, Paris, 1827, registered n°2102 "Portrait du général Schickle" (sic), 1.5 x 1.5 m (size with frame); n°1031 of the salon catalogue.


Horace Vernet's account book : "28 février 1827. Reçu de Mr Schickler pour son portrait-2000"
Armand Dayot, Les Vernet, Paris, 1898, p. 207 ;
Claudine Renaudeau, Horace Vernet, Chronologie et catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, Thesis, Paris IV University, December 1999, Volume 1, p. 288, n°258, and illustrated Volume 2, p. 707, n°258

Catalogue Note

Jean-Georges Schickler (1785-1843) was born in a powerful protestant family of bankers, established at the end of the XVIIIth century in the Baden province, in Switzerland and also in Berlin and in France. He lived in France and bought the Hôtel Crozat on the place Vendôme in 1828 (see lot 61). He married his cousin, Davida Schickler (see lot 161), and had several children, including Malvina (1822-1877) later Duchess of Albufera, Georgina (1819-1849) later Countess Edgard de Choiseul-Praslin and Arthur de Schickler (1828-1919), who married Jeanne-Roger (See lot 55). Their daughter, Marguerite de Schickler, married Count Hubert de Pourtalès in 1890.

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.