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The Brigand Betrayed

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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Probably painted c.1830 during Vernet’s Directorship of the French Academy at Rome (see also Vernet P277). A brigand is arrested by a papal dragoon after being lured into a trap by a girl. The subject is probably influenced by the success of Léopold Robert’s brigand scenes (cf. Robert P590–592), but it is also an example of Vernet’s pioneering combination of verism and dramatic intensity to produce an instantaneous ‘snapshot’ image.
  • Date

    probably c.1830

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    53 x 64 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1870; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897


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