Description A mounted officer of the Engineers with map in hand is seeking directions from a peasant tending his flock with a dog. Another mounted soldier is visible in the background. A pen and ink drawing of this subject, now in a private collection in Boulogne-sur-Mer, dated 1876, was published by Deneuville in "Croquis Militaires," Paris, 1876, plate 16. This drawing may be the "Paysan donnant des renseignements à des officiers français," listed in the Deneuville Sale, Paris, 1886, no. 256.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1878 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right: A de Neuville; [Date] Lower right: 1876
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1878
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