The Wallace Collection

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A Charge of Cuirassiers
  • Théodore Gericault (1791 - 1824)
  • A Charge of Cuirassiers
  • France
  • c. 1822 - c. 1823
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 38.1 x 45.8 cm
    Object size: 58 x 66 x 7.5 cm
  • P274
  • West Gallery III
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Further Reading
  • French cuirassiers (heavy cavalrymen) capture a standard from Russian infantry. Dated c.1822-3 by Eitner and Grunchec (though regarded unconvincingly by Bazin as a very early work). Gericault first made his name with two military scenes exhibited at the Paris Salon - 'The Charging Hussar' (1812; Paris, Louvre) and 'The Wounded Cuirassier' (1814; Paris, Louvre). Although the Wallace Collection's picture was painted after the death of Napoleon, there was still in the 1820s a considerable market for scenes of Napoleon's battles..