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 Cazin, Marie (French sculptor and decorative artist, 1845-1924) , The Sentry

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Title The Sentry
Collection Paisley Museum and Art Galleries
Artist Cazin, Marie (French sculptor and decorative artist, 1845-1924)
Date Earliest probably about 1870
Date Latest probably about 1871
Signed yes
Description Marie Cazin, née Guillet, a pupil and wife of the artist Jean Charles Cazin, was mainly known for her sculptures and decorative works, but she also worked on genre and landscape scenes. She was influenced by the teaching of Madame Peyrol-Bonheur, an accomplished animal painter. The similarities between her own work and her husband's are notable, especially in their painting technique, using flat brushstrokes. In this work, the title and portrayal of the French guard dressed in Imperial military uniform suggest the period of the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871. Marie Cazin's reputation was largely overshadowed by her husband's, but she did receive recognition during her life time, particularly when one of her works, a bronze head of David was purchased by the Museum of Luxembourg in 1893. Captain Henry Hill, a late Victorian collector living in Brighton, was fascinated by her work and owned some 80 oil paintings and watercolours by her. He probably acquired her work in the 1870s, when she, amongst other French artists, sought refuge in England at the outbreak of the war.
Current Accession Number A189av
Inscription front ll 'M.C'
Subject landscape; figure; military and war
Measurements 32.2 x 24.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by James Fulton 1933.
Provenance Captain Henry Hill, Brighton.
Publications Mayes, P. W., Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings Drawings Sculpture in the Collections of Paisley Corporation and Paisley Institute, Paisley, 1948, p. 17.

Back, labels: ‘D.B.' 169/R.'' ‘1782'; ‘3'; ‘Captain Hill, 53 Marine Parade, Brighton, England'; ‘ED'; [illegible stamp]; ‘CAZIN MARIE 33/14'

For information on Henry Hill and M. Cazin, see R. Pickvance, ‘Henry Hill: An Untypical Victorian Collector', Apollo, LXXVI, Dec. 1962, pp. 789-91.

Rights Owner Renfrewshire Council (Paisley Museums and Art Galleries)
Author Dr Georgia Toutziari



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