Property of a Lady
BERNARD ÉDOUARD SWEBACH
1800 - 1870
EQUERRY WITH HORSE OF LOUIS XVIII OUTSIDE THE ROYAL STABLES
signed Ed. Swebach. and dated 1819. (lower left)
oil on canvas
9⅞ by 12⅞ in.
25.1 by 32.7 cm
Inscribed 'peint par E. Swebach / en 1819 / cabinet de M. de Villers' by an unknown hand (on the reverse).
Original unlined condition. Minor surface dirt and dust with a few scattered pin dot accretions. Widely patterned craquelure throughout with a few associated pin dot losses. Under UV: varnish fluoresces green unevenly. There is a small oval-shaped area of inpainting between the front horse's back legs and some finely applied inpainting to the right of the equerry's proper left knee. There are isolated pin dots of restoration more generally in the lower half of the composition and inpainting in the lower right corner (visible to the naked eye). Ready to hang in its current state.
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M. de Villers (according to an inscription on the reverse)
Sale: Couturier & de Nicolay, Paris, June 19, 1992, lot 68, illustrated
Bernard Édouard Swebach learned to paint from his father, Jacques-François-Joseph Swebach called Desfontaines (see lot 149). The elder Swebach was known for painting equestrian and military scenes, including important chapters from Napoleon’s military campaigns. Bernard Édouard was equally talented, entering the École des Beaux-Arts at the impressively young age of fourteen and painting the present lot at only nineteen. This work depicts an equerry of King Louis XVIII (reign 1815-1824) tending to one of the King’s horses near the Great Stables at Versailles.