Eugène Delacroix

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Eugène Delacroix
A Persian Horseman with a Lance
ca. 1820-1827
Watercolor and opaque watercolor over black chalk.
6 5/16 x 8 inches (161 x 203 mm)
Thaw Collection.

Signed in pen and brown ink at lower right: "Eug Delacroix".

Hugo Perls, New York; César de Hauke and Co., Paris; Edith Wetmore; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 92, repr.
Stampfle, Felice, and Cara D. Denison. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 80.


For this watercolor, made many years before his trip to North Africa, the artist likely turned to a traditional range of sources: miniatures, coins, manuscripts in the royal library, and works on view at the Louvre. Delacroix also owned a copy made by Géricault after a Persian miniature. While Delacroix's association with non-European subjects is a hallmark of Romanticism, this fascination was not uncommon in the history of art: two hundred years earlier, Rembrandt had made copies of Mughal miniatures. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

Associated names: 

Perls, Hugo, former owner.
Wetmore, Edith, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.

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