Here is the second installment of pictures from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection. Today’s images feature the artwork of Auguste Legras (1817 – 1887) who was “born in Perigueux, France and was a pupil of Jean-Claude Bonneford (1796 – 1860) and Ary Scheffer (1795 – 1858). LeGras made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1847 and exhibited up to 1882. He was Ary Scheffer’s assistant for some twenty years. He worked mainly on portraits and copies of Old Masters” and apparently military uniform studies. The majority of these paintings were part of a large collection entitled Etudes de Types Militaires that was published in 1875. There are a total of 114 of Legras’ uniform prints on the Brown server–I’ve only downloaded the French ones. To see all of them go to this page.
The images, as downloaded, were somewhat dark and lacking the vibrant colors found in the French uniforms of the day. A quick fix in GIMP (adjusting the brightness a small bit and kicking up the contrast) was all that was needed to light up these beautiful pictures. Again, these images are very large, so I broke them down into four separate Mediafire downloads. I put twelve .jpeg’s into each zip file but that apparently didn’t do much to compress the overall size.
Here are the Mediafire links….(each is over 300MB so be patient).