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Jean-Léon Gérôme

Egyptian Recruits Crossing the Desert

Property from the Najd Collection

Jean-Léon Gérôme

Jean-Léon Gérôme

Egyptian Recruits Crossing the Desert

Egyptian Recruits Crossing the Desert

Property from the Najd Collection

Jean-Léon Gérôme

French

1824 - 1904

Egyptian Recruits Crossing the Desert


signed and dated J.L. GEROME. / 1857 lower right

oil on canvas

Unframed: 62 by 106cm., 24¼ by 41¾in.

Framed: 107 by 152cm., 42 by 59¾in.


We are grateful to Dr Emily M. Weeks for her assistance in cataloguing this work which will be included in her revision of the artist's catalogue raisonné by Gerald M. Ackerman.

The canvas has been relined. There is some very fine, unobtrusive and stable hairline craquelure to some of the figures visible upon close inspection. Under ultraviolet light there are scattered small spots of retouching in some of the figures, and a larger area of circa 6 by 4cm in the sky in the upper right quadrant. There are some very fine lines of retouching to a surface scratch circa 11 cm long in the sky in the upper left. There are patches of residual varnish, especially in the sand and the figures, which make these areas hard to read under ultra-violet light. Overall the work presents well and is ready to hang.


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Possibly, Goupil & Cie. (by 1866, the present work or its reduction)
Possibly, Van Walchren Van Wadenoyen, The Hague (acquired from the above on 19 April 1866, the present work or its reduction)
Goupil & Cie., Paris (by 1869)
Salomon Goldschmidt, Paris (purchased from the above in 1871; his sale: Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 14-17 May 1898)
Mrs Marshall A. Robert, New York (by 1967 or 1968)
Sale: Christie's, London, 16 March 1979, lot 196
Sale: Christie's, London, 20 March 1981, lot 100
Kurt E. Schon, Ltd., New Orleans, Louisiana
Coral Petroleum, Inc., Texas (sale: Sotheby's, New York, 22 May 1985, lot 36)
Mathaf Gallery, London
Purchased from the above
Théophile Gautier, 'Salon de 1857 (IV)', in L'Artiste, 14 June 1857, p. 191
Théophile Gautier, 'Salon de 1857 (IV): MM Gérôme, Mottez', in L'Artiste, 5 July 1857, p. 247
Possibly, Goupil stock book vol. 3, 1866, no. 2051 (the present work or its reduction listed)
E. Galichon, 'M. Gérôme, Peintre ethnographe', in La Gazette des Beaux-Arts, I, 1868, p. 149
Charles Timbal, 'Les Artistes contemporains: Gérôme (étude biographique)', in La Gazette des Beaux-Arts, no. 14, 1876, p. 335
Frédéric Vors, 'Jean-Léon Gérôme', in The Art Amateur, 1.4, September 1879, p. 71
Fanny Field Hering, Gérôme, His Life and Work, New York, 1892, pp. 65, 66 & 80 (quoting Gautier, in his 1857 article describing canvases painted for the 1857 Salon)
Possibly, Fanny Field Hering, Gérôme, His Life and Work, New York, 1892, p. 27 (quoting Gautier in his 1857 article, 'Gérôme: Pictures, Studies, Sketches of Travel')
Gerald M. Ackerman & Richard Ettinghausen, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Dayton, Ohio, 1972, p. 38, cited (and apparently confused with exhibited work, no. 6)
Gerald M. Ackerman, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme, Paris, 1986, p. 45, catalogued & illustrated, p. 46, described, pp. 198-99, no. 67, catalogued & illustrated (mistakenly as on panel)
Gerald M. Ackerman, Jean-Léon Gérôme: His Life, His Work, Paris, 1997, p. 47, catalogued & illustrated, pp. 47-48, described
Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, p. 127, catalogued & illustrated, p. 129, described
Lynne Thornton, Du Maroc Aux Indes, Voyages en Orient, Paris, 1998, p. 152 (mistakenly as on panel)
Gérôme & Goupil, Art and Enterprise, exh. cat., Paris, 2000, p. 113, no. 61 (a photogravure of the present work or of its reduction illustrated), p. 115, no. 61 (the present work catalogued), p. 34, cited, p. 110, cited, p. 158 (a photogravure of the present work or of its reduction illustrated), p. 165, cited
Gerald M. Ackerman, Jean-Léon GérômeMonographie révisée, Paris, 2000, p. 44, described, p. 45, catalogued & illustrated (mistakenly as on panel), pp. 230-31, no. 67, catalogued & illustrated (mistakenly as on panel)
Alan C. Braddock, Displacing Orientalism: Thomas Eakins and Ethnographic Modernity, Ph.D. diss, University of Delaware, 2002, p. 59 and passim
Peter Benson Miller, 'Gérôme and Ethnographic Realism at the Salon of 1857' in Reconsidering Gérôme, eds. Scott Allan and Mary Morton, Los Angeles, 2010, p. 156, pl. 8, catalogued & illustrated (mistakenly as on panel), pp. 107, 112, 113, 115, 117, discussed
The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), exh. cat., Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, 2010, pp. 97 & 183, cited (confused with reduction on panel), p. 198, cited, p. 226, no. 103, catalogued & illustrated (mistakenly as on panel), p. 270, cited
Peter Benson Miller, 'John Frederick Lewis at the Exposition Universelle' in The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism, eds. Zeynep Inankur, Reina Lewis, and Mary Roberts, Istanbul, 2011, pp. 263, 267 & 268, described
Paris, Salon, 1857, no. 1157 (as Recrues égyptiennes traversant le désert)
Possibly, New York, French Gallery, The First Exhibition of Paintings by Artists of the French School in New York, 1857, no. 89, included in the catalogue (the present work or its reduction)
London, Royal Academy of Art; Washington, D. C. , The National Gallery, The Orientalists: Delacroix to Matisse, 1984, no. 27, illustrated in the catalogue
Munich, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung; Brussels, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique; Marseille, Centre de la Vieille Charité; Orientalismus in Europa: Von Delacroix bis Kandinsky, 2011, illustrated in the catalogue