[The mare and her foal.]Etudes de Chevaux d'aprés nature [in image].
Lith. de G. Engelmann / Chez Gihaut, boulevard des Italiens No. 5.
Lithograph, printed area 175 x 225mm (7 x 8¾"). Slight foxing around edges; collector's stamp of [?]Paul and Véronique Sanchez verso (probably variant of L.3289).
Mare with head protectively around her foal, with rocks bearing text. Frontispiece to the set of 'Études de chevaux d'après nature' (1822) by Théodore Géricault (1791-1824). Prior to 1822, Géricault had been able to live without much thought to the saleability of his works owing to a comfortable annuity he received following the death of his mother. However, the loss of part of his fortune in 1822 required him to produce work designed to appeal to dealers and collectors, with pictures of horses forming a large part of his output at this time (although he had painted horses throughout his brief career).
[Ref: 35579] £350.00