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Alexandre Cabanel

Portrait of a North African

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Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

Property of a Gentleman

Alexandre Cabanel

Alexandre Cabanel

Portrait of a North African

Portrait of a North African

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 GBP

Lot sold:

138,600

GBP

Property of a Gentleman

Alexandre Cabanel

French

1823 - 1889

Portrait of a North African


signed and dated ALEX CABANEL / 1870 centre right and bears a later inscription upper right

oil on canvas

Unframed: 73 by 60cm., 28¾ by 23½in.

Framed: 85 by 71cm., 33½ by 28in.

The canvas has not been lined. There is some surface dirt and a pattern of craquelure. There is a very tiny indent with an associated speck of paint loss to the figure's cheek, visible lower left otherwise the work appears in good condition, ready to hang. Examination under ultraviolet light reveals an uneven layer of varnish and no apparent restoration.


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Probably, Léon Comerre (the French painter, 1850-1916; based on an old label on the stretcher hand-inscribed Mohammed Ben Raba / par Cabanel / Léon Comerre / 67 rue Ampère)
Jean-Louis Picard, Paris (French commissaire-priseur; acquired in the 1970s); thence by descent

 

The Alexandre Cabanel literature refers to a work titled Ben-Raba, prisonnier arabe à l'île Sainte-Marguerite, près Cannes. Painted in 1870, the work was sold in the artist’s estate sale as lot 10, with dimensions recorded as 65 by 38cm. Despite the differing dimensions, the subject, date and the hand-written label attached to the stretcher of the present work make a compelling case that they may well be one and the same.

Cabanel was staying in Cannes towards the end of 1870 and the prison on Île Sainte-Marguerite had been in operation since the seventeenth century. Notable inmates included the Man in the Iron Mask, Marquis Jouffroy d’Abbans and Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza'iri - an Algerian rebel leader.