The Wallace Collection

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The Hired Assassins
  • (Jean-Louis-) Ernest Meissonier (1815 - 1891)
  • The Hired Assassins
  • France
  • 1852
  • Painting
  • Oil on mahogany panel
  • Image size: 38.1 x 28.7 cm
    Object size: 59 x 51 x 12.5 cm
  • Signature: 'EMeissonier 1852', the 'EM' in monogram
  • P327
  • West Gallery III
Further Reading
  • Exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1852. The figures wear sixteenth-century costume. This is one of Meissonier's rare paintings of a dramatic scene where there is an emotional tension between the figures and viewer is invited to be emotionally engaged.