Gustave Doré. L’Attaque nocturne de la citadelle d’Hanoï par Françis Garnier en 1873. Original drawing.

 

Gustave Doré. Dessin.

 

Gustave Doré. L’Attaque nocturne de la citadelle d’Hanoï par Francis Garnier en 1873. Original drawing signed " G. Doré ", undated [around 1873 ?]. Brown wash, feather and chine ink. Dim 20 x 31,2 cm. Framed.                                                                                                       

Rare drawing by Gustave Doré. The artist masterfully renders the intensity of the attack and the night fire.

Arrived in Hanoi on 5 November 1873 with 140 sailors, 30 soldiers and 10 officers, adding some 50 Chinese and with the support of 2 gunners (one is in the background), the 19 November, Garnier removes in one hour the citadel defended by 7 000 Annamites.

Leblanc, in his Catalogue des œuvres de Gustave Doré, does not list this drawing.

Very slight accidents in the frame. Drawing of great rarity.                                                                                                       

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