A fine mixed media study drawing in charcoal and white gouache of a soldier seemingly leaning against a wagon wheel, 10 1/4" by 7 5/8" inside the present mat (the sheet only very slightly larger), and 22 1/2" by 18 1/2" in gold frame with hand drawn lines), titled "Bataille de l'Alma"on the mat, signed with an impressed/embossed signature "I PILS" at lower right. The drawing features a scene from the Crimean War (1854). The artist, ISIDORE ALEXANDRE AUGUSTIN PILS (1813-1875) became known largely for his exquisite realistic military paintings and drawings dealing with that war. Pils was the son of painter Francois Pils. He won the Grande Prix de Rome in 1838 and won commissions from the French government. The artist was a professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1863. The drawing is in generally clean condition though when viewed very up close there are three tiny circular holes in the paper, perhaps due to old worm holes, and there is one other very small disturbed area. The frame has some wear.
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