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SA Auction #86 begins on 22 Oct 2020

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De Neuville (Alphonse) Artist

Two Fine Oleographs Depicting Famous Zulu War Scenes (1881)

Published: The National Fine Arts Association, (London), c. 1882

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[De Neuville (Alphonse)] \"Saving the Queen\'s Colours\" and \"The Last Sleep of the Brave\"

A pair of \"Original and Copy Fac-Smile(s)\" oleographs after original paintings by Alponse de Neuville (dated 1881). Published by The National Fine Arts Association, (London, c. 1882).

Each print measures 620 x 480 mm, printed on paper and laid on canvas, vividly coloured. In unusually and remarkably good condition, with only some light surface flecking and one minor paper crack on surface of \"The Last Sleep ...\"

These prints, which are extremely scarce, depict romanticised views of Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill fighting their way from the battlefield of Isandhlwana to save the \"Queen\'s Colours\" and the finding of their bodies later in the day. Although questionable regarding historical accuracy this pair of prints represents the heroic and glamorous view of the Zulu War.

Oleography is a technique developed, but soon discarded, in the late nineteenth century. The aim was to make the surface of a colour print more like an oil painting through an embossed pattern suggesting the canvass or even, more ambitiously, the texture of the paint itself.
  • Overall Condition: Very Good , see description.
  • Size: 620 x 480 mm (x2)
  • Sold By: Chas J. Sawyer
  • Contact Person: Richard Sawyer
  • Country: United Kingdom
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