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The Dog of the Regiment Wounded
  • Horace Vernet (1789 - 1863)
  • The Dog of the Regiment Wounded
  • France
  • 1819
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 53.1 x 64.3 cm
    Object size: 73 x 84 x 9.5 cm
  • Signature: 'H. Vernet. 1819'
  • P607
  • West Gallery III
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  • See also this painting's pendant, 'The Wounded Trumpeter', P613. These pictures were among Vernet’s most popular works - the critic Sainte-Beuve later remembered engravings of them 'in every shop window'. In 'The Dog of the Regiment Wounded' the two soldiers from the period of the Empire who attend the wounded dog appear to be a bugler of the voltigeurs (light infantrymen) and a drummer of the grenadiers de la ligne (though musicians were permitted considerable licence in their choice of uniform). In the companion picture animals show concern for a soldier, here soldiers show concern for an animal. Both paintings were exhibited, without their titles, at the Paris Salon of 1819. One critic, Étienne Jouy, noted wrily that, whereas he heard many visitors exclaim 'oh the poor dog!' he never heard one say 'oh, the poor trumpeter!'