Alfred Quesnay de Beaurepaire (1830-1897)

Artist Name Alfred Quesnay de Beaurepaire (1830-1897)
Title Weary Soldiers
Description An impressive large French Impressionist drawing by Alfred Quesnay de Beaurepaire who was a noted illustrator and artist. The scene depicts weary soldiers circa 1880.

Signed and titled verso.
Provenance Private purchase
Medium Charcoal/pencil on paper
Size 18 x 14 inches
Frame Maple frame with gilt slip 24 inches by 20 inches.
Condition In good condition
Biography Alfred Quesnay de Beaurepaire (1830-1898)  was a novelist, French painter and draftsman. His father, Jean-Marie Quesnay, a descendant of the economist François Quesnay, lawyer, judge in Saumur, was permitted to add his name to Beaurepaire in 1859.

Alfred Quesnay de Beaurepaire is the older brother of Jules Quesnay de Beaurepaire, the magistrate who overwhelmed Alfred Dreyfus and fell into a delirious conspiracy. Signing A. Beaurepaire, he exhibited his paintings at the Salon in 1874 and is known for his military works but also scenes of horse racing. He was drawing master at the Ecole Polytechnique in 1891. He illustrated many books, some signed Beaurepaire, including the famous The Fur Country by Jules Verne (1873) with Jules Férat, mostly written and produced on behalf of the Librairie Firmin-Didot.
Price £1800
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