Albert A. Harcourt, French Soldier – Late 19th-century watercolour painting

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller somersetandwoodfineart (2,274) 100%, Location: Bath, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 283438556759 Albert A. Harcourt, French Soldier – Late 19th-century watercolour painting An original late 19th-century watercolour painting, Albert A. Harcourt, French Soldier. A dramatic watercolour painting, showing a French soldier from the Napoleonic era. This is likely to be a character from one of the many French-themed plays and comic operas that appeared on the London stage in the 1870s. Details Signed: No. Inscribed: -- Dated: -- Height (inches): 6.1 Width (inches): 3.58 Condition: In good condition for its age. Some minor age toning, as shown. Presented: Unframed. Stock Number: JH-724 Stock Number: JH-724 --> All artworks come with a Certificate of Authenticity and—if it is a collection artwork—its accompanying collection text or artist biography. This work comes from an intriguing collection of pictures we have for sale by Albert A. Harcourt, of South Belgravia, London. Harcourt clearly took a very keen interest in some of the visual spectacles that were available to him, as a late Victorian gentleman-about-town. Many of the studies in this collection depict the characters in popular plays and operettas that were on the London stage during the period, and a particular taste for the French-themed productions that were fashionable at the time, with their elaborate costumes. Ships were clearly another of Harcourt’s interests: many different types of sailing vessel are depicted in the sketchbook, again with a real eye for detail. Finally, though an address in Belgravia would certainly have been convenient for visiting London’s theatres, Harcourt appears to have been extremely well travelled. One sketch of a ship in our collection is described as being made ‘off Cape Horn,’ while other works depict Native Americans, apparently in the United States. Other, later sketchbooks by Harcourt exist showing the various types of people to be found in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe). Wherever he went, it seems, Harcourt was fascinated by variations in dress and appearance, and the means of travel around the world. Contact What We Offer Our Listings About Us Delivery Returns Contact We welcome all enquiries. If you have a question about a specific artwork, it is helpful if you can please quote the 'stock number' listed towards the top of the product description (e.g. JG-347), in order to help identify the work. Please see our Business Seller Information below for contact details. Our gallery is exclusively online. Should you wish to view an artwork in person, please contact us to arrange an appointment (Monday to Friday, 9.30am–5.00pm). Please provide the 'stock number' (e.g. JG-347) of the artworks that you are interested in so that we can get them out of storage for you. 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We cannot be responsible for damage sustained during return transit. Please see our Business Seller Information below for return address details. On safe receipt of the item back to us, your refund will be issued via the payment method that was used for the original transaction. Please note, return shipping costs will only be refunded if the reason for return is our error. Returns from outside of the EU may incur customs charges for which the sender will be liable, unless the reason for return is our error. Please write below the Customs Label 'Returned Goods' in order to minimise potential charges. Any customs charges will be deducted from the refunded amount. All text in our listings is Copyright © Somerset & Wood Fine Art Ltd. All rights reserved. Originality: Original, Listed By: Dealer or Reseller, Subject: Military, Width (Inches): 3.58, Height (Inches): 6.1, Artist: Albert A. Harcourt, Date of Creation: 19th-century/Late 19th-century, Medium: Watercolour

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