TOURGUENEFF Pierre Nicolas
France, Paris 1854 - 1812
« Charles Cottu on Irish Lass » Record ride Paris to Vienna and back on
horseback in 1899.
Description: 19 ½’’x 19 5/8’’, signed,
dated 1899, and titled PARIS VIENNA on terrace.
Cast: superb antique bronze edition
Patina: rich light-brown
Price: on request
Lit: The Long Riders Guild; Dictionnaire
des Bronzes du XIXème siècle – Pierre Kjelberg, p. 627
Animals in Bronze, C. Payne
Note: This exceptional bronze is a commission
celebrating Charles COTTU who established an equestrian record in 1899
riding his mare Irish Lass from Paris to Vienna and back. Our Charles Cottu
is probably related to Lieutenant Charles Cottu , naval officer, who was a
friend of Ferdinand de Lesseps (Suez canal founder) and author of numerous
travel chronicles about East Mediterranean and Africa travels published in
the French “Revue des Deux Mondes” mid XIX c.
Thanks to the Long Riders Guild, we have
found this extraordinary photographic period document which obviously helped
Tourgueneff to execute this commission.
Pupil of Fremiet, Pierre Nicolas Tourgueneff,
born in Paris from a Russian family, specialized in commissions: equestrian
portraits and horse portraits. He exhibited at the Salon des Beaux Arts from
1880 to 1911 and received numerous awards.
To learn more about Thierry Van der Veken and
his beautiful collection of sculptures, please visit his website: