The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
The Draught Players
  • (Jean-) Léon Gérôme (1824 - 1904)
  • The Draught Players
  • France
  • 1859
  • Painting
  • Oil on poplar panel
  • Image size: 40.3 x 28.6 cm
  • Signature: 'J L. GEROME. / 1859'
  • P301
  • Oriental Armoury
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The players have been identified as Arnauts, Albanian soldiers in the service of Mohammed Ali in Egypt, when a photogravure of the painting was issued by the publishers Goupil. The type of bench on which they sit appears in several other paintings by Gérôme. The Wallace Collection's painting is a fine demonstration of Gérôme's meticulous, high-keyed manner which was an important constituent of his popular success. He made many visits to the Middle East between 1854 and 1875.