The Wallace Collection

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The Duel after the Masked Ball
  • Thomas Couture (1815 - 1879)
  • The Duel after the Masked Ball
  • France
  • 1857
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 24.3 x 32.5 cm
    Object size: 53 x 61.5 x 9.5 cm
  • Signature: 'T.C. 57.'
  • P370
  • West Gallery III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Two figures dressed as Harlequin and Pierrot, accompanied by their seconds, prepare for a duel. Harlequin appears more confident than Pierrot. Although several duels of this kind took place in mid-nineteenth century France, this painting has been associated particularly with one fought by two politicians, Deluns-Montaud and Boitelle, in the Bois de Boulogne in the winter of 1856-7. There is a larger version of the Wallace Collection’s picture (71.5 x 90.5 cm), undated, in a private collection, Houston, Texas. Three preparatory drawings are in the Musée national du château de Compiègne and a further seven were sold at Sotheby’s, Monaco, 20-21 June 1987 (828, 831 and 832).