Gouache on card
Signed Bacler DAlbe P (lower right)
260 x 331 mm. (10 1/4 x 13 in.)
Private collection, New York.
Bacler dAlbe began his career as a draughtsman, and lived in Italy for seven years. He later entered the army and was noticed by Bonaparte, who used Baclers talents to draw topographical views and armoury. He also worked as a lithographer, and was part of Bonapartes staff, in charge of the topographical office and followed him in all of his campaigns. Bacler became a general in 1813 and during the Restauration lived in Svres where he resumed his career as an artist.
Our gouache is a characteristic work by the artist and can be compared to a number that have been on the market1. There are also a number of works by Bacler dAlbe in French public collections2.
1.Christies London, 2 July 1996, lot 276 and 277.
2.Muse National des Chteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Battle of Arcole, 17 November 1796 and Battle of Rivoli, 14 January 1797, and Napoleon visiting the Bivouacs of the French Army on the eve of the Battle of Austerlitz, 1 December 1805.