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Scene from the Gallic Wars: The Gaul Littavicus, Betraying the Roman Cause, Flees to Gergovie to Support Vercingétorix

Artist:
Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1838–40
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
13 1/2 x 17 3/4 in. (34.3 x 45.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Lisa and William O'Reilly, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.720
Not on view
private collection, Paris (in 1960); sale, Sotheby's, London, June 14, 1995, no. 19, as "L'éduen Littavicus, trahisant la cause Romaine, s'enfuit à Gergovix pour soutenir Vercingétorix," bought in; private sale to O'Reilly; Lisa and William O'Reilly, New York (1995–2001)
Marc Sandoz. "Les peintures de la Renaissance à Fontainebleau et le manierisme italien: Sources possibles de Théodore Chasseriau et des premiers romantiques français." Gazette des beaux-arts, 6th ser., 75 (January 1970), pp. 48–49, 56 n. 10, fig. 9, calls it an early work, tentatively dating it about 1836; suggests that the subject is the revolt of Littavicus, based on the account of Julius Caesar.

Marc Sandoz. Théodore Chassériau, 1819–1856: Catalogue raisonné des peintures et estampes. Paris, 1974, p. 142, no. 47, pl. XXXVI, calls it "L'éduen Littavicus, trahissant la cause romaine, s'enfuit à Gergovie pour soutenir Vercingétorix (?)" and dates it 1838–40.



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