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The hired assassins
(Les Bravi)
1852

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
40.4 × 33.1 cm
Inscription
inscribed in brown paint l.l.: EM (monogram) . 52
Accession Number
761-2
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1914
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Meissonier painted two known variations of this composition which are actually smaller than this version. In his lifetime, such small theatrical paintings were thought to be his masterpieces in which he captured in minutae the finest detail of historical costume and other objects.

Frame

Jean-Louis-Ernest MEISSONIER
The hired assassins 1852
Framemaker
Unknown - 19th century
Materials

gilded composition ornament on a timber profile

Dimensions
64.5 x 57 x 12.5 cm
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