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A Traveler on Horseback Conversing with a Mother and Child on a Path

Auguste-Xavier Le Prince
(1799 - 1826)
A Traveler on Horseback Conversing with a Mother and Child on a Path

Oil on canvas
14 7/8 by 18 1/8 inches (37.8 x 46 cm.)

Provenance: Christie’s, New York
January 29, 1999, Lot 37


Auguste Xavier Leprince was born in Paris on August 28, 1799 and died in Nice on December 24, 1826. He was a French Painter and lithographer. He was the son and pupil of the painter and lithographer Anne Pierre Leprince and he was the elder brother of the painters Robert Leopold Leprince(1800 47) and Gustave Leprince (1810 37). He received a medal at his first Salon of 1819 for one of six entries, five of which were landscapes of 17th century Dutch inspiration, which came possibly via the work of Jean Louis Demarne. Leprince quickly learned to vary the contents of his paintings: at the Salon of 1822 his entries included three Paris street scenes, three portraits and two scenes on board a frigate. His numerous Paris street scenes usually depicted some well known contemporary event, as in the Restoration of the Barriere du Trone ( Paris, Carnavalet), which is one of a series. The Embarkation of the Animals at the Port of Honfleur (1823; Paris, Louvre) shows the successful application of Leprince's interest in R.P. Bonington, not only in its composition and content but also un its direct observation. the painting was purchased by Louis XVIII at the highly competitive Salon of 1824 . Also reminiscent of Bonington is the small scale contemporary history painting. The Orientation (1825; Angouleme, Mus. Mun.), Leprince showed himself to be a sensitive watercolour painter and lithographer, publishing a set of 12 lithographs entitled Inconveniences of a Journey by Stage coach.

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Bryan, Michael, Bryan's Dictionary of Painter's and Engravers. Bell: London, 1926 34 vol. 3

A French genre painter He studied after nature and from the works of Albert Cuyp and Adrian van de Velde. His village fairs, carnivals, corps de garde, and a great variety of other paintings are to be found in some of the greatest collections. He exhibited at the Salon of 1819, 1822 and 1824. His 'interieur de son Atelier' was finished by his pupil Eugene Le Poitevin and 'L'Antiquaire' by Renoux. In the Louvre there are by him 'Embarkation of cattle at Honfleur,' and a view of the Pass of Susten, Switzerland.