FRENCH masters        


Jean-Louis-Ernest Messonier

(Lyon 1815 - 1891 Paris)


Study of a Horse and Rider



Signed with monogram lower left: EM

Oil on panel

8 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches (22.6 x 10 cm)






Artist’s studio sale, Paris, Chevallier Duchesne, 12015 and 18-20 May 1893, lot 334, for 1850 francs;

Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 18 November 1994, lot 190;

sale, London, Sotheby’s, 6 July 2017, lot 191.



This fluid sketch by the celebrated Napoleonic painter Meissonier probably served as a study for a painting he exhibited at the Salon in 1878 entitled Antibes. La Promenade à Cheval now at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.[1] The same horse can also be identified in Un Général et son Aide-de-Camp of 1879 in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and again in Le Guide of 1874, in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery.[2]



[1] See P. Samsovici et al., Ernest Meissonier: rétrospective, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, 25 March – 27 June 1993, p. 150, no. 74.

[2] See Samsovici 1993, p. 199, figs 7 and 8.