Original Theodore Géricault lithograph.
Rare impression in Delteil's second state, from the first published issue of 1822, published by Gihaut. With the full title, but before the number.
Brilliant impression, printed for the artist by Englemann.
This original lithograph was designed for the series entitled Études de Chevaux Lithographiés, created by the artist soon after his return to France from England. The horses of the Arabic nations have been famous for centuries and it is clear that Géricault provided his Egyptian mare with appropriate surroundings to add a sense of realism. However, Orientalism was in vogue throughout much of the nineteenth century in France and it is unlikely that this fact had escaped the artist's attention. At this time the French were becoming involved diplomatically in North Africa, a region which was regarded as "Oriental". This theme continued to run throughout French painting from Delacroix to Gerome. Jument Egyptienne is a splendid example of Theodore Géricault's superb draughtsmanship as an original lithographer. It is rare to find early printings from Gihaut's first issue, such as this.
On warm white wove paper with full margins. One or two small marks verso only, otherwise very good condition. Image surface excellent.