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Charles Huard. 1875-1965.

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War Sketches. New York: Wood, 1916. Edition 300. Slim folio, original dark gray paper portfolio containing 20 original lithographs “drawn from life on the battle front of France,” each printed on cream wove paper, mounted on cardstock along the top margin. Each signed and numbered in pencil by the artist, who was “one of the official painters attached to the historical section of the Musée de l’Armée.” Title page and prospectus laid in; original slipcase. $1,600.

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1. The Old Bridge at Meaux. Sept., 1914.

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2. Refugees on the Road between Château-Thierry and Mont Montmirail. Sept., 1914.Illustrated: Frances Wilson Huard, My Home in the Field of Mercy, p. 44, and annotated "The Retreat from Charleroy to the Marne."

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3. La Trétoire on the Petit Morin. Sept., 1914.

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4. An Arabian Chief. Oct., 1914. Illustrated: Frances Wilson Huard, My Home in the Field of Mercy, p. 44, and annotated "Amed-Ben Mohamed, Nini's Arab, who belonged to our Moroccan troops."

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5. Prisoners in Flanders. Road to Ramscapelle. Nov., 1914. Illustrated: Frances Wilson Huard, My Home in the Field of Mercy, p. 74, and annotated The Retreat from Charleroy to the Marne.

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6. Algerian Spahis in Artois. Nov., 1914. Spahis" were a member of a body of native Algerian cavalrymen in the French armed forces. They were disbanded after Algerian War of Independence which began in 1954 and ended in 1962; ending more than 130 years of French colonial rule over Algeria.

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7. Battery on a Road in Artois. Dec., 1914. Illustrated: Frances Wilson Huard, My Home in the Field of Mercy, p. 214, and annotated "The loneliness of the roads -- in peace times always alive with traffic and pleasure-cars."

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8. Trench in the Snow. Artois, Dec. 1914.

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9. On the Way to the Trenches. Perryse, Dec., 1914.

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10. Belgian Street Sentries at Nieuport. Dec., 1914.

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11. A Street at Nieuport. Dec., 1914.

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12. Types in the British Camp. Dec., 1914.

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13. Observation Post near the Aisne. Jan., 1915.

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14. Dawn in the Trenches near Berry au Bac. Jan., 1915.

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15. Bouffignereux Woods. Feb., 1915.

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16. 'Un Poilu' on the Road from Soissons to Venizel. Jan., 1915.

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17. Second Line Trenches near Vie sur Aisne. Feb., 1915.

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18. A Kitchen in the Ruins. Soissons, Feb., 1915.

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19. Soissons Cathedral. March, 1915.

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20. Kamarad. March, 1915.

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Twelve Etchings Made on the Front by Ch. Huard July 1916. Edition 150 printed on 'Arches' laid paper. Charles Huard's wife, Francis Wilson, lectured in America during the war and sold the etchings. The proceeds were used for maintaining a hospital in France.

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Algerian Spahi in Cellar. 6 7/8 X 4 7/8 (sheet 9 5/8 X 8 1/4). Etching printd in black ink. Series: Twelve Etchings Made on the Front by Ch. Huard July 1916. Edition 150 printed on Arches laid paper. Signed in pencil. $250.

Algerian Spahi in Cellar. 6 7/8 X 4 7/8 (sheet 9 5/8 X 8 1/4). Etching printed in sepia ink. Series: Twelve Etchings Made on the Front by Ch. Huard July 1916. Edition 150 printed on Arches laid paper. Signed in pencil. $250.

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Courtyard of a house, rue du Tribunal, Soissons. Etching printed in black ink. 5 7/8 x 3 7/8 (sheet 9 5/8 x 8 1/8). Edition 150. Printed on 'Arches' laid paper. Signed in pencil. $125.

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A Fruit Seller, rue du Commerce, Soissons. 6 7/8 x 4 7/8 (sheet 9 3/4 x 8 1/8). Edition 150. Etching printed in sepia ink. Printed on 'Arches' laid paper. Signed in pencil. $275.

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The Market at Rheims. Etching printed in sepia ink. 5 7/8 x 3 7/8 (sheet 9 5/8 x 8). Edition 150. Printed on 'Arches' laid paper. Signed in pencil. $275.

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Ruins of Fontenay. Etching printed in sepia ink. 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 (sheet 8 1/4 x 9 3/4). Edition 150. Printed on 'Arches' laid paper. Signed in pencil. $350.

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Sketch of a door near the cathedral, Soissons. 1916/ Etching printed in sepia ink.6 7/8 x 4 7/8 (sheet 9 5/8 x 8 1/9). Edition 150. Printed on 'Arches' laid paper. Signed in pencil. $275.

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View of the enemy's trenches from a periscope, near Soissons. Etching printed in black ink. 4 7/8 x 6 7/8 (sheet 8 1/4 x 9 3/4). Printed on 'Arches' laid paper. Signed in pencil. $300.

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Charles Huard was a lithographer, etcher and illustrator. He initially studied etching with Eugène Béjot in Paris. His early etchings and lithographs center around cities and towns in France and Germany. During First World War I, he served as an official war artist for the French government. He made several series depicting French military life within the war zones. A “well-known French lithographer, etcher and illustrator, Charles Huard first worked in Paris for such journals as Le Rire and La Journal Amusant. By 1900 he had emerged as a leading illustrator and was constantly commissioned by publishers. Through such fine illustrated books as Clemenceau’s Figures de Vendee and Flaubert’s Bouvard et Pecuchet, as well as the monumental complete works of Balzac, Huard gained his reputation as a prime delineator of everyday life… During the First World War, he served as an artist for the French government. The etchings and lithographs he made of French military life within the war zones provide an important and lasting record of the period.

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