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Louis Gabriel Eugène Isabey

St. Hubert's Day (The Blessing of the Hounds)

Estimate:

8,000 to - 12,000 USD

Property of St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, sold to support medical care costs

Louis Gabriel Eugène Isabey

Louis Gabriel Eugène Isabey

St. Hubert's Day (The Blessing of the Hounds)

St. Hubert's Day (The Blessing of the Hounds)

Estimate:

8,000 to - 12,000 USD

Lot sold:

10,710

USD

Property of St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, sold to support medical care costs

Louis Gabriel Eugène Isabey

French

1803 - 1886

St. Hubert's Day (The Blessing of the Hounds)


signed Isabey (lower right)

oil on panel

panel: 63⅜ by 47¾ in.; 162 by 121.2 cm

framed: 73½ by 56 in.; 186.7 by 142.2 cm

This painting is on a cradled panel. There is a visible hairline crack extending from the extreme top right, and there is minor craquellure in the areas of dark paint. Under UV light, inpainting to address craquelure fluoresces throughout, although not in the figures in the lower half of the composition. Inpainting also appears in a vertical line to address a crack extending from the bottom right, and another vertical crack extending from the top at center, and in a spot in the sky, in brushed spots on the steps of the church, and to address frame abrasion.


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The artist's studio (and sold, his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 30-31 March, 1887, lot 2) 
Galerie Georges Petit, Paris (acquired at the above sale)
George I. Seney, New York (and sold, his sale, American Art Association, New York, 11-13 February, 1891, lot 307)
T. C. Farrer (acquired at the above sale)
Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge (acquired from Rousuck and sold, Parke-Bernet, New York, 14 May, 1976, lot 48)
Acquired at the above sale
Pierre Miquel, Eugène Isabey 1803-1886, La Marine au XIXe siècle, Maurs-La-Jolie, 1980, vol. I, p. 171, no. 93, illustrated; vol. II, p. 235, no. 1364D, illustrated
William Secord, Dog Painting, The European Breeds, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2000, p. 321, illustrated
Multi-figural compositions were very typical of Isabey’s works from the 1870s and his blessing of the hounds on St Hubert’s Day is one of his most appealing subjects from this period. Saint Hubert’s conversion took place on Good Friday in the eighth century A.D. when, while hunting he came upon a stag with a Crucifix between its antlers.  Hubertus later became venerated as the patron saint of hunters, and on his November 3 feast day, hounds are blessed during a Mass held in his honor. This tradition, so vividly depicted by Isabey, is still followed today in hunt clubs across Europe and America. 

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