G. B. for The Army and Navy of the United States, 1893. Color gravure on thick rag paper.
Image 9¼x11¾" on sheet measuring 12¾x19". Accompanied by title sheet.
Scene depicts firing squad ready to execute a deserter with waiting coffin nearby.
Top edge of image sheet browned not affecting image; chips to descriptive page; very good.
Jean André Castaigne (1860-1929), an important artist during the Golden Age of Illustration, is not widely known in America. French by birth, he produced paintings and book and magazine illustrations in both France and America.
His paintings were first exhibited in America at the New Orleans Exhibition of 1884.
A master of composition and form, he was equally at ease drawing humans, animals, architecture and landscapes. Asked by a New York Times writer how he was able to render the human figure in any conceivable position with such facility, he replied, “Sixteen hours a day when I was young. Item #51-3718