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THÉODORE GÉRICAULT (Rouen 1791-1824 Paris) Le Giaour.
Pen and ink and pencil on cream wove paper, double-sided, 1820. 187x242 mm; 7 1/2x9 1/2 inches.
Ex-collection L. J. A. Coutan, with the ink stamp twice (Lugt 464, recto and verso).
The preparatory drawing for the same titled lithograph (Delteil 71). There is also a watercolor of this subject now in the collection of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; sold Christie's, London, November 15, 1985, lot 58. According to the J. Paul Getty Museum cataloguing, the subject was "taken from English Romantic poet Lord Byron's work of 1813, The Giaour: A Turkish Tale, these verses inspired the French Romantic painter Géricault to make this well-known watercolor. The dramatic story of an Arab Christian living as an infidel within his Muslim homeland tapped the vogue for Orientalism, which stemmed in part from Napoleon's recent campaigns in Egypt and Syria. Géricault's choice of subject matter was also affected by his passion for horses, which he often represented with great sensitivity."