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Napoleon reviewing the Guard in the place du Carrousel
  • Horace Vernet (1789 - 1863)
  • Napoleon reviewing the Guard in the place du Carrousel
  • France
  • c. 1841 - 1842
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 62 x 93.2 cm
    Object size: 94.5 x 126 x 14 cm
  • Signature: 'HV'
  • P572
  • West Gallery III
Further Reading
  • Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), military commander; First Consul 1799-1804; Emperor of the French 1804-14, 1815. This is a replica in grisaille, painted for an engraving by Jazet, of Vernet’s huge picture now in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, commissioned by Tsar Nicholas I and painted in 1838. The Wallace Collection’s replica was completed by 1842. While reviewing the Guard, Napoleon, accompanied by his officers (including several Marshals), turns towards a one-legged petitioner wearing an eye patch. The place du Carrousel in Paris was frequently used for reviews of the Guard by Napoleon; the review intended here may have taken place c.1808-9. On the left can be seen the Tuileries palace (destroyed in 1871), and on the right the Arc du Carrousel with on the top the bronze horses from S. Marco, Venice, which had been looted by the French (they were returned in 1815). Jazet's engraving names fourteen of the officers shown accompanying Napoleon, including Eugène de Beauharnais, Murat, Ney, Junot and Duroc.