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Grenadier of the Vistula Legion
  • Horace Vernet (1789 - 1863)
  • Grenadier of the Vistula Legion
  • France
  • 1823
  • Painting
  • Pencil and watercolour on paper
  • Image size: 19.6 x 13.1 cm
  • Signature: 'Hvernet / 1823'
  • P728
  • Not on display
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The Polish hat is known as a czapka. In 1807 Napoleon reconstituted in Poland with the remains of his former Polish Legion a new body of men known as the légion de la Vistule after their move to France in 1808. After the Napoleonic wars there was a sustained interest in France in Poland (see Cogniet, 'The Polish Standard Bearer, P681, and 'The Polish Officer: Praga 1831', P685).