Le Baiser au plein Galop (A Kiss at a Gallop) by Alfred De Dreux (attributed). This enchanting 19th century drama is accompanied by Sotheby’s London sale catalog dated May 1967, indicating that it is by the artist, complete with sale price and the buyer’s name.
In 1823, at the urging of his uncle, the painter Pierre-Joseph Dedreux-Dorcy, began studying art with Géricault who was a family friend and a lover of horses. Later, he studied at the studio of Léon Cogniet. By this time, horses had become his favorite subject. His first exhibition at the Salon came in 1831 with the painting Interieur del Salon, which won him immediate fame. The following year, an equestrian portrait of the Duc d’Orléans became his entry to a position in the workshops of Eugène Isabey.
From 1840, he began the now famous series of portraits of horses from the stables of the Duc d’Orléans. The Scènes Equestres was completed in 1842 and the Petits Scènes Equestres in 1847. Dreux made a second portrait of the Duc together with his guards. King Louis-Philippe was so pleased with it that he invited Dreux to accompany him on an official trip to England. Following the revolution of 1848, the French royal family emigrated to England, where Dreux became a frequent visitor. He made many return trips there over the next few years, where the English passion for horses and fox-hunting earned him many commissions from the English aristocracy. From Wikipedia.
31” x 26″ overall