Etchings from Campagnes des Français sous le Consulat et l’Empire [French military campaigns under the Consulate and the Empire], published in Paris c 1840. This collection was a manifestation of the first revival of French enthusiasm for Napoleon. (Following his defeat and abdication, French sentiment focussed on the enormous death toll and foreign occupation as well as restoration of the monarchy which had resulted from his policies. But 25 years later attention returned to the glory, pomp and administrative reforms which characterised his reign.)
The etchings are mostly by Couché after paintings by Carle Vernet, one of the most talented and popular of the artists serving the Imperial Court and drawings by Swebach. They depict battle scenes in great detail. In many cases Napoleon is shown close to the front, directing the battle. We are also offering a five-page set of portraits of 100 of his marshals and generals from the same publication.
The plates measure 310 x 470 mm (paper) and are uncoloured. They are in very good to excellent condition.
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