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Italian Brigands surprised by Papal Troops.
Oil on canvas
7 7/8 x 11 1/4 inches.
Early 19th century gilded frame.
This oil study by an unknown painter is related to the painting by Horace Vernet in the Walters Museum & Art Gallery, Baltimore (below) which was originally exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1831. While sharing the same general composition, the study varies in many respects to the exhibited work. Vernet executed the painting during his tenure as Principal of the Ecole de France in Rome, a post that he occupied between 1828 and 1834.
In this scene papal troops ambush Italian brigands who are looting a coach and carrying off its passengers. During the early 19th century brigands or "banditi" presented a real threat to travellers in the Italian countryside but some idealised them as daring outlaws.
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Emile Jean Horace Vernet (1789-1863)
Emile Jean Horace Vernet, called Horace Vernet, was born in the apartments that his family occupied at the Louvre palace. In 1792 the family was driven from their home by the revolutionary armies. Like his father Carle, Horace demonstrated his talents as an artist from a very young age and he exhibited at the Paris Salon as early as 1810. He was fascinated by military pageant and costume and this was reflected in much of his painting. Although the Vernets had been ardent royalists Horace was inspired by the cause of the Empire, an affiliation reflected in his exhibit at the 1812 Salon, a portrait of Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia. This earned him a gold medal and the sum of 8,000 francs. Upon the restoration of the monarchy Horace managed to maintain his popularity with the public and ingratiate himself with the court, securing himself a commission to paint Charles X. In 1828 he was appointed principal of the Ecole de France in Rome, a post he occupied until 1834. Upon his return to France, Vernet was invited by the French King, Louis-Philippe, to participate in his grandiose plans for the restoration of the Palace of Versailles. Vernet was allotted an entire room, the Constantine Chamber, to display a series of works depicting the African campaigns. He travelled extensively throughout his life visiting Algeria, the Middle East, Russia and the Crimea. Collections: Worldwide.