A rare portrait miniature of a French sniper


  • £260.00
  • €305 Euro
  • $360 US Dollar

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A rare portrait miniature of a French sniper

19th Century French portrait miniature of a ‘chevalier tireur’ in full uniform.
Since the 15th Century, these snipers were called knights, who were either expert shooters or archers in their own towns or provinces, entered into competitions and the winners’ prize was usually the exemption of local taxes for a year.
The gentleman above is, as hand inscribed at the back of the portrait, from Savoie. These were expert Guns. The company of Chevaliers Tireurs is still active today, although sadly they no longer wear the lovely uniforms!
The miniature is a watercolour on paper with its original ebonised frame, circa 1860.
Outer frame 13.4cm x 15.3cm
Oval inner frame 8.5cm x 10.5cm


  • H: 15.3cm (6.02in)
  • W: 13.4cm (5.28in)


19th Century

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