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Large-scale, snow covered war scene, depicting the retreat of Napoleon's army from Moscow. In the centre of the composition is a group of soldiers huddled together between the frozen trunk of a tree and a broken cart; standing within the group is the subject of the painting, Marshal Ney, who wears a bicorne hat. He is forward-facing and armed, his head turned to the right and his hand touching the shoulder of a wounded soldier.
oil on canvas
H 179.8 x W 301 cm
transferred from the Royal Manchester Institution, 1882
Signed and dated at right bottom corner: Ade. Yvon. 1856