Charleroi. (1815)Galerie du Palais Royal. (Horace Vernet).
J.P. Quenot direx.t [c.1824]
Lithograph on india with very large margins, india dimensions 280 x 335mm (11 x 13¼"). Blindstamp of J.P. Quénot (as found on plates from his 'Galerie lithographiée de S.A.R. Mgr le duc d'Orléans').
Napoleon in Charleroi (now part of Belgium), three days before his defeat at Waterloo in 1815. A map rests on the ruins of an old wall. As Duchesne (1829) noted, Napoleon in his preparations for the battle seems to sense that victory or defeat in the battle will mark the culmination of his military and political career. Lithograph after a painting by Horace Vernet, who painted several scenes of Napoleon's battles. Vernet painted this scene more than once: one version belongs to the New York Historical Society, while another was recently auctioned by Sothebys. Part of a collection of prints reproducing paintings from the collection of the duke of Orleans.
[Ref: 35942] £130.00