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ID number:  BIRBI-54.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  attributed to De Dreux, Alfred (1810-1860)
Title / Object name:  A horse in a landscape
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  French
Date made:  possibly 1830/40
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  34.3 x 44.4 cm
Provenance:  Holworth Magniac, Bedford; Magniac sale, Christie's Auction House, 2 July 1892 (no. 142); Wildenstein & Co Ltd; purchased by the Barber Institute, July 1954 for £2,000.

This study was originally attributed toTheodore Gericault (1791-1824), but it is closer in style to his compatriot De Dreux who specialised in equestrian subjects. He was much influenced by Gericault, but also by English sporting artists. The unfinished section to the lower right shows the artist experimenting with the position of the horse’s foreleg as it rears up. The very summary landscape with a dome, palm tree and a fortified building hints at a southern, perhaps African, setting.

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