Antique French glass framed hand coloured watercolour pen and ink and pencil sketch of hunting scene


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A delightful antique early Nineteenth French hand coloured watercolour sketch pen and ink and pencil drawing.
The scene is 'before the hunt', titled in French in pencil bottom right. Below this is an indistinct second line of writing, possibly 'La Brige'
This is a pencil and pen and ink drawing in monochrome with hand coloured watercolour details in a limited palette of yellow and red. In the painting there is a horse drawn coach or open buggy in yellow, and horses being prepared for the ride out, with saddle cloths in red and yellow patterns. The huntsmen both mounted and on foot are clothed in scarlet and carry powder pouches and flasks picked out in red and yellow.
It is a striking depiction of a country scene and the limited palette adds to the dramatic impact. The figures are set against a country street scene, with possibly an Inn or manoir, and pollarded trees bare of leaves, indicating a winter hunt.

This small sketch is made on thick paper and is mounted on a card backing, which is then taped behind a glass plate in the traditional French manner. The condition overall is a little distressed, the cardboard back plate has some staining and the edging tape which affixes the plate to the glass is tattered and worn. The sketch itself is in fairly good order with just a few marks and a faint water tide mark covering one corner. Please see photos for condition.
The cardboard back would have had a simple metal loop for hanging. This has been lost.
Size of frame glass approx 21 x 17cm, sketch paper 15 x 13cm within mount.

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