This painting by French academic artist HÃ©bert depicts a family of Italian peasants escaping a malaria epidemic by raft, a scene inspired by events HÃ©bert had witnessed while in Italy.
La Mal'aria by Antoine-Auguste-Ernest Hébert, 1850
Â© The Bowes Museum
- Oil on canvas
- 56.6 x 81.2 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £4,000 ( Total: £10,000)
- Acquired in:
- Simon Reynolds
It is a reduced-scale copy by the artist of his award-winning Salon entry of 1850 (now in the MusÃ©e d'Orsay, Paris).
The artist's descendants; Simon Reynolds; Christie's, 1995.