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Jacques Callot, French, 1592–1635
Compositional Study for Le Combat des Section d’Infanterie
from the series La Guerra d’Amore (The War of Love)
c. 1616
Pen and brown ink and wash and red chalk over black chalk on laid paper
Sheet: 6 1/8 × 13 3/16 in. (15.5 × 33.5 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Alvin S. Romansky Prints and Drawings Accessions Endowment Fund

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors

Riche, by 1919; purchased by Paul Oppé (1878-1957) [1] November 1919; London, Sotheby’s, “Old Master & British Works on Paper including Drawings from the Oppé Collection, lot 37; [Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, London, England, 2016]; purchased by MFAH, 2017. [1] Born in London, England, [Adolph] Paul Oppé was a drawings collector and scholar. Oppé was the son of Siegmund Armin Oppé and Pauline Jaffé and he attended St Andrews University and then New College, Oxford, where he majored in classics. After graduation, he was appointed a professor's assistant in Greek in 1902 at St Andrews, advancing to lecturer in 1904 and Lecturer in ancient history at Edinburgh University. In 1904 he began collecting drawings. This passion grew after his marriage into a vast works on paper collection which included Fra Bartolommeo, Giovanni da Udine, Barocci, Veronese, Poussin, and Claude Lorrain. He joined the Board of Education in 1905 where he worked on teacher training standards. In 1906 he briefly joined the Victoria and Albert Museum for one year. He married Lyonetta Edith Regina Valentine Tollemache (1886/7-1951) in 1909. Oppé returned as deputy director of the V&A in 1910. During his years as deputy director (through 1913), Oppé wrote two monographs on artists, one on Raphael which appeared in 1909, and another on Botticelli in 1911. He returned to the Board of Education in 1913 and, except for service in World War I in the Ministry of Munitions, never left. Oppé became a great scholar of the English landscapist, J.R. Cozens. In 1923 he published two books, one on Rowlandson and another on Cotman. He began advising the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa on prints and drawings acquisitions in 1937. Oppé retired from the Board of Education in 1938. His book on Hogarth was published in 1948 and English Drawings at Windsor Castle in 1950. His magnum opus on Alexander and John Robert Cozens finally appeared in 1952. He died in Chelsea, London. His collection of 3000 British works on paper was acquired by Tate Gallery in 1996.