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c1900 French Alpine Troops Watercolour by Pierre Comba
  • c1900 French Alpine Troops Watercolour by Pierre Comba
  • c1900 French Alpine Troops Watercolour by Pierre Comba
  • c1900 French Alpine Troops Watercolour by Pierre Comba
  • c1900 French Alpine Troops Watercolour by Pierre Comba
  • c1900 French Alpine Troops Watercolour by Pierre Comba
  • c1900 French Alpine Troops Watercolour by Pierre Comba

c1900 French Alpine Troops Watercolour by Pierre Comba

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£450.00


Product Description

A very attractive and finely executed c1900 watercolour by the French military artist Pierre Comba, which depicts French Chasseurs Alpins (Mountain Light Infantry) resting after being on manoeuvres.

The soldiers are dressed in blue and red uniforms, with their distinctive large blue beret. They are bivouacking in front of some Alpine chalets. An officer carrying a sword, stands with them. The painting is in good condition and retains its original mount and frame. There is a little bit of foxing spots to the top, but these are light and it does not detract from the beauty of the painting.

Pierre Comba (1859 - 1934) was a French artist of Italian origin, born in Nice. He is renowned for his watercolours that illustrate the life in the Chasseurs Alpins regiment. He was conscripted and served in the 92nd Infantry regiment and ended in North Africa, taking part in the 1881 Tunisian Campaign. He was encouraged by military painters and became the first officially paid Army illustrator, but left in 1888 due to ill health. Back in Nice, he obtains permission from the Army to shadow the Chasseurs Alpins during their training exercises. His work is exhibited and used in illustrations in newspapers and magazines. He becomes a War illustrator in 1914, again mostly with his favourite regiment, painting them from the mountains to the mud of the Somme. He died in Nice.

Size image: 34 x 17 cm (13 3/8 x 6 ¾ inches)
Size frame: 58 x 41.5 x 3 cm (22 7/8 x 16 ¼ x 1 1/8 inches)
Weight: 2250 g

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