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The Brigand on the Watch
  • Léopold Robert (1794 - 1835)
  • The Brigand on the Watch
  • Italy
  • 1825
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 46.3 x 37.8 cm
    Object size: 73 x 65 x 11 cm
  • Signature: 'Lld. Robert / Roma 1825.'
  • P590
  • West Gallery III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • It was principally brigand scenes like this which established Robert’s high reputation with private collectors (see also Robert, 'The Brigand Asleep', P591 and 'The Death of the Brigand', P592). Their popularity led him to repeat some compositions several times and to develop episodic themes. The brigands who operated in the countryside near Rome were a real threat to travellers, though they also possessed some renown as romantic figures and were often depicted by artists (cf. Horace Vernet, 'The Brigand Betrayed', P577). In 1820 Robert was able to sketch in Rome the families of suspected brigands who had been brought to the city by papal troops.