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On Oriental Horses, by Count Wacław Seweryn Rzewuski

An illustration from the manuscript of On Oriental Horses, which was long thought to have been lost. Courtesy Librarie José Corti, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

An illustration from the manuscript of On Oriental Horses, which was long thought to have been lost. Courtesy Librarie José Corti, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Your cultural fix for today: the article “Paris-Sorbonne to remember one Polish noble’s 19th-century desert quest” from UAE newspaper, The National.

Sur les Chevaux Orientaux, et provenants des Races Orientales (On Oriental Horses and Those Descended from Eastern Breeds) records the exploits of Count Wacław Seweryn Rzewuski (1784-1831), a Polish nobleman and equine expert who travelled through the Middle East between 1817 and 1819.

A former soldier, Orientalist and patron of the arts, Count Rzewuski was the scion of an aristocratic dynasty of courtiers, politicians and generals but it was to the East, Arabian horses and the Bedouin that Rzewuski dedicated his career.

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