Victor François Eloi Biennourry

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Victor François Eloi Biennourry
1823-1893
Study of the Soldier Holding the Crown of Thorns
Colored chalks, squared, on paper.
12 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches
Gift of John M. Thayer in honor of Charles Eliot Pierce, Jr.
2004.17
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Signed and inscribed as titled.

Provenance: 
Galerie Fischer-Kiener, Paris; Harry Bailey, New York; a Swiss private foundation; Sotheby's, October 26, 1990, lot 71; Harwood Fine Arts; John M. Thayer, Wilmington, DE.
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Biennourry was a history and portrait painter who won the Prix de Rome in 1842. The drawing is a study for the chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul, Church of St. Severin, Paris (according to the inscription, presumably in the artist's hand).

Associated names: 

Bailey, Harry, former owner.
Thayer, John M. (John MacLane), 1944-2004, former owner.

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