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A Turkish Gunner
  • Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps (1803 - 1860)
  • A Turkish Gunner
  • France
  • c. 1830
  • Painting
  • Watercolour and bodycolour with some gum varnish on paper
  • Image size: 29.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Signature: 'Decamps.'
  • P660
  • Not on display
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The figure has been identified in previous Wallace Collection catalogues as Albanian, but as early as 1835 he was described as Turkish and, although the identification of Oriental nationalities on the basis of costume is often problematic, his costume is more likely to be Turkish than Albanian. The colourful clothes still worn by Turks in the early 19th century continued to fascinate many Western European artists. Dated c.1830 by Mosby.