“Les Bison: Aquarelle originale de Ch. Aurant”; [pencil caption title on mount below image], signed by the artist in lower left corner

Place unidentified, 19th century. Original watercolor, 9 7/8 x 15 1/2 inches, mounted to a larger sheet of thicker paper taken from an 18th-century book (margins browned); in shades of blue, green, and brown, the scene centers upon four bison with others at a distance, all emerging from a forest at the edge of an embankment, beyond them rolling prairie hills; the bison faces are somewhat anthropomorphised, but an appealing rendering of a part of the American West that has vanished. Ch. Aurant, apparently a French artist, was active in the 1860s, producing landscapes of the Alps and working as a designer or illustrator of decorative items. Mount foxed, the watercolor very good (a little foxing). (#5186). Item #58277

Price: $1,250.00

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