Fine, unusual collection of watercolours of Russian military costumes from the library of a prominent costume book collector and author of a famous bibliography.
These 36 watercolours, carefully painted in bright colours on slightly glossy paper, depict generals, officers and soldiers from different Russian regiments standing with their weapons, on horseback, or occasionally in action. They include representatives of the Chevalier Guard Regiment, Grenadier Regiment, Pavlovsky Regiment, Dragoons, Uhlans, Hussars, Circassians, Ural Cossacks and His Imperial Majesty’s Convoy, among others.
With provenance: Hilaire Hiler (1898 – 1966) was an American artist who worked in Europe and the United States as a muralist, jazz musician, costume and set designer and author. He was also an avid collector of books on costumes. In 1939 he and his father, Meyer Hiler, published the Bibliography of Costume, which indexes some 8,400 works.
4to (31.5 x 24.3 cm). Manuscript title and 36 watercolours with manuscript captions. Contemporary marbled board, recently rebacked with calf; corners slightly bumped.
Provenance: Hilaire and Meyer Hiler (book label to upper pastedown).
Stock ID: 90958