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Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix
CHARENTON-SAINT-MAURICE 1798 - 1863 PARIS
A CHARGING ARAB ON HORSEBACK
Pen and brown ink;
extensively inscribed in brown ink, verso, with a breakdown of the costs of shipping wine by sea, from Bordeaux to Paris
305 by 203 mm
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Provenance

Estate of the artist (L.838a);
with E.V. Thaw & Co., Inc., New York, by whom sold in 1977 to
Mr. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia,
from whom acquired by the present owner

Catalogue Note

The present work, drawn purely in pen and brown ink, bears witness to the grip of the Orient on Delacroix's fertile imagination long after his seminal 1832 journey to Morocco. Highly comparable, both in subject matter and execution, to another energetically drawn sheet sold in these rooms in 2016, dated 1848,1 which was, itself, described as a première pensée for a watercolour of circa 1850, formerly in the Krugier collection.2 Ultimately all three of these works relate to Delacroix's virtuoso oil, Moroccan Horseman Crossing a Ford, now in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.3

1. Sale, London, 19 April 2016, lot 23
2. Sale, London, 5 February 2014, lot 24
3. Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, inv. no. 2001.42

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