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Napoleon on Horseback

Photo credit: The Ruskin Museum

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In 1871, Ruskin paid 1,000 guineas for Meissonier’s painting of the Emperor Napoleon, Elba-escapee, bidding to regain power, rallying his troops on the Chaussee de Vitry, at the battle of Arcis-sur-Aube, in 1814, because: “It would be difficult to find a more perfect example of the French realistic school than this picture. It is, of course, conventional, and founded on photographic effect. The white horse in reality would have looked like a ghost in the twilight .

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  • Medium

    oil on board

  • Measurements

    17 x 12 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    gift from Mrs and Mrs William Gershom Collingwood, 1901


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