A Horse in a Landscape
Paris, possibly the 1830s
Oil on canvas
This study was originally attributed to Théodore Géricault (1791-1824), but it is closer in style to his compatriot De Dreux who specialised in equestrian subjects.
He was much influenced by Gericault, but also by English sporting artists. The unfinished section to the lower right shows the artist experimenting with the position of the horse’s foreleg as it rears up. The very summary landscape with a dome, palm tree and a fortified building hints at a southern, perhaps African, setting.
Purchased 1954 (No.54.7)