Beautiful pair of aquatint etchings depicting Mamelukes of Napoleon I's Imperial Guard and their horses. They are portrayed wearing their characteristic garb of red trousers, shirt, vest and white turban. The Mameluks originated from Turkish nomad tribes made slaves in the 9th Century by the Abbasid Caliphate as a way to reinforce its armies (Mameluk derives from the word "mamluk" meaning "owned" in Arabic). They distinguished themselves in battle and eventually gained so much power that, in the first half of the 19th Century, Ottoman troops massacred them in Egypt and Baghdad. The Mameluks encountered a similar tragic fate in France after the fall of the Napoleonic Regime. Both aquatints are signed on the plate Carle Vernet and inscribed below the image as follows:
Mameluck Gravissant les Montagnes A Paris chez Jazet, Rue de Lancry, N°7, Et chez Aumont, Rue J. J. Rousseau N°10. Depose a la Direction.
Mameluck Dressant son Cheval A Paris chez Jazet, Rue de Lancry, N°7, Et chez Aumont, Rue J. J. Rousseau N°10. Depose a la Direction.
Antoine-Charles-Horace Vernet (1758–1836) was an extraordinary painter of horses and battle scenes, equestrian, and friend and hunting partner of the Duke of Orleans, later King Louis-Philippe (reigned 1830–1848). Jean Pierre Marie Jazet (1788-1871) was a 19th Century French engraver, mostly of aquatints after Vernet.
Perfect pair to decorate a library, foyer, living room, office or similar. They come matted and framed, ready to display. In very good used condition with toning, fading, plate marks and trimmed taped borders concealed by mats, pencil marks to reverse, and minor imperfections as shown. Shipped professionally packed, fully insured with tracking number. Shipping cost is approximate, please provide your zip code so we can calculate shipping cost to your location.
Measurements: Frames: 19 1/4" by 16 5/8"; Mat Opening: 14" by 11 1/2"; Trimmed Sheets: 15 1/4" by 12 1/2" approximately.