• Greek Soldiers on a Hill, Greece -
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    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour

    190 x 258 mm., 7 x 10 in.

     

    Peytier was a French engineer and army officer who worked on a French expedition which organized the first cartographic study of Greece from 1829 to 1836. In 1829, Peytier and three other officers  arrived in Greece to train young Greek engineers to undertake the surveying project of Corinth and the Peleponnese, a project which extended to the whole of Greece in 1833.

     

    He returned to France in 1836, working in the cartographic section of the army. The map of Greece was published in 1852, the year he became Colonel. He compiled an album of drawings and watercolours of Greece which stylistically closes relates to the present watercolour. The Peytier Album as it became known was published in book form by the National Bank of Greece in 1971. Formerly in the Stephen Vagliano collection it was sold at Koller in Zurich on 24th March 2014 lot 451 for the equivalent of 220,000.

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