Grandson of Carle Vernet and son of Hippolyte Lecomte, Emile Lecomte Vernet was a student of his uncle Horace Vernet and of Léon Cogniet. He made his début at the Paris Salon in 1845. He exhibited at the 1857 Salon, under number 1645, a painting entitled Episode de la prise de Sébastopol, which could be the work presented here.
On its original canvas.
The surface is thin in places.
Some lacks visible in the zouave's trousers (visible in the catalogue illustration)
Under the UV light, the varnish is uneven. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."