19th Century Oil Sketch of a Duel
Europe
Circa 1850
Oil paint, canvas, wood
4 3/4" x 6 1/4"
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A dynamic and intriguing small oil sketch of the aftermath of a duel in a pastoral setting. The central figure in a pale silk jacket with neck scarf delineated with vigorous brushwork. He holds a pistol in his right hand and is propped up by his "second".

Oil on canvas laid on panel. There is a label on the later frame which describes the scene as depicting the duel between Hamilton and Burr, but we have no evidence that this was the artist's original intent. A fragmentary label on verso bears the name of William Brodie R.S.A. (1815-1881), a Scottish sculptor. We believe it may have been from his collection.

Dimensions are of the painting.