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The Guardsmen

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description In a Turkish guardroom or barracks, two soldiers are seated conversing. One with African features gesticulates while addressing the other who listens impassively, smoking his long pipe. On the ground beside the speaker, are a cloth-wrapped bundle, a couple of melons, and a pipe. Three other soldiers are discernible in the background. Behind the figure smoking is a crumbling masonry wall, a recurrent motif in Decamps' pictures.
Date Description Narrative
11/14/1957Treatmentcleaned; coated; loss compensation
9/13/1983Loan Considerationexamined for loan
2/24/1984Treatmentcleaned; coated
6/10/2009Treatmentloss compensation; other
  • Alexandre Gabriel Decamps. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 1984.
Provenance Ed. L. Jacobson Sale, April 28-29, 1876, no. 22; Charles T. Yerkes Sale, American Art Association, New York, April 5-8, 1910, no. 13; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] signed lower left: DECAMPS 1841
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910

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oil on canvas
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H: 19 1/2 x W: 23 9/16 in. (49.5 x 59.8 cm); Framed H: 31 x W: 35 1/2 in. (78.74 x 90.17 cm)
Location Within Museum
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