THE COLLECTION
Napoleon reviewing the Guard in the place du Carrousel
  • Horace Vernet (1789 - 1863)
  • Napoleon reviewing the Guard in the place du Carrousel
  • France
  • Date: c. 1841–42
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 62 x 93.2 cm
  • Object size: 94.5 x 126 x 14 cm
  • Inv: P572
  • Location: West Gallery III
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  • Napoleon Bonaparte was a military commander, the First Consul of France (1799-1804) and the Emperor of the French (1804–14, 1815). While reviewing the Guard, the Emperor, 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 in around 1808. The Tuileries Palace (destroyed in 1871) can be seen on the left and, on the right, we see the Arc du Carrousel crowned by the bronze horses from San Marco, Venice. These had been looted by the French; they were returned in 1815. This is a replica in grisaille, painted for an engraving by Jean-Pierre-Marie 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. Jazet's engraving names fourteen of the officers shown accompanying Napoleon, including Eugène de Beauharnais, Murat, Ney, Junot and Duroc.