DETAILLE Edouard - Autograph Letter Signed with a small sketch
Edouard DETAILLE (1848-1912)Autograph Letter Signed (“Edouard Detaille”) to “Mon cher M. Manzi [Michel Manzi of the firm of art publishers and dealers Manzi-Joyant] saying he has received a sketch showing a cuirassier.
1 page small 8vo in French on a petit bleu, with a sketch of a cuirrasier in the margin, n.p. [but Paris], “Monday” [postmark illegible].
Trans: “Jouly was kind enough to have a sketch showing an officer of the cuirassiers sent to me and which was reproduced for the shipment of En campagne. . .”
Edouard Detaille, who came from a military family, was particularly known for his scenes of military life, which he had the opportunity to study at first hand during the Franco-Prussian War. His great-aunt had been married to Admiral Villeneuve, who was defeated by Nelson at Trafalgar. Fortunately, relations between France and Britain had been sufficiently repaired by the time of Detaille’s success for him to be admired by Edward VII after he had painted scenes from British military life.
En campagne (in this case, translated as On Campaign rather than a pastoral scene) was a published volume of sketches and paintings by Detaille and Alphonse de Neuville depicting military life.
The very attractive accompanying sketch of a cuirassier in profile is executed in pencil, with some outlining in ink.
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