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Bastien Pradel

Accession Number
2005/2.43

Title
Bastien Pradel

Artist(s)
James Jacques Joseph Tissot

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1875

Medium & Support
etching on paper

Dimensions
7 1/2 in x 3 13/16 in (19.05 cm x 9.68 cm);14 in x 11 5/16 in (35.56 cm x 28.73 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Aldrich

Subject matter
Bastien Pradel served with Tissot in the French National Guard during the 1870-71 seige of Paris, which was part of the Franco-Prussian war. Tissot made a similar etching of another of his fellow guardsmen, Sylvian Perier; however, only the portrait of Pradel was included in his 1875 portfolio, Ten Etchings. The etching was a "souvenir," or memory, of the Siege of Paris made after Tissot had already fled from Paris to London following the 1871 Paris Commune.

Physical Description
A man in a military uniform is shown in full length, standing in a slight contrapposto pose on a blank background. He rests the butt of his rifle on the ground, resting both hands on the tip of the barrel. He is also equipped with a sword, multiple sacks at his waist, one over his right shoulder, and a rucksack on his back. He wears a kepi (cap) on his head, which is tilted slightly to his left.
Inscriptions (all recto): 
Signed and dated lower right, in the plate: "J.J. Tissot / 1870"
Inscribed upper left, in the plate: "Bastien Pradel de Figaro / du 39"
Tissot's stamp (Lugt 1545), lower left

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
French (culture or style)
costume components
men (male humans)
military uniforms
portraits
rifles (artillery)
soldiers
wars

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