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The Veteran at Home
  • Horace Vernet (1789 - 1863)
  • The Veteran at Home
  • France
  • 1823
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 45.5 x 37.7 cm
    Object size: 68.5 x 60.5 x 10.5 cm
  • Signature: 'H Vernet. 1823'
    Inscription: 'V' followed by an indistinguishable mark
  • P582
  • West Gallery III
Commentary
History
  • The soldier is a grenadier of the Old Guard. After 1815 under the restored Bourbons the financial plight of many of the soldiers who had fought in Napoleon’s armies was an important political issue. Vernet produced many scenes like this showing veterans in a kindly light (see also Vernet, 'Peace and War (le soldat laboureur)', P598).