Charles Eisen

A Soldier in the French Guard

1751
Charles Eisen was renowned for his book illustrations, which possess a grace and charm at odds with the artist's notoriously unpleasant temperament. This drawing was intended for publication in a volume detailing rifle manoeuvres. It is executed in a rigorous manner that befits the strict sequences of the military ballet it describes.
Title
A Soldier in the French Guard
Date
1751
Medium
Drawing
Materials
red chalk over graphite on laid paper
Dimensions
21.9 x 14.2 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Gift of Bob P. Haboldt & Co., New York, 1995, in honour of the National Gallery of Canada
Accession number
38021