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Napoléon: Retreat of the army

French
1812
Artist Bertrand Andrieu (French, 1761–1822), Artist André Galle (French, 1761–1844)


Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 40 mm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.851

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Napoléon (1769-1821), emperor of France, commemorating the retreat of the army. From the “Histoire métallique de Napoléon le Grand prepare par la class d’histoire et de literature ancienne de l’Institut Impérial”.

Obverse: Profile bust of Napoléon looking to proper left, wearing laureate wreath; inscribed at edge “NAPOLEON EMP.ET ROI.” and on shoulder “ANDRIEU F”.

Reverse: Warrior at proper left with fallen horse and canon at feet, fleeing from a personified storm spraying him at proper right; inscribed at proper right “DENON D.”, proper left “GALLE F”, and in exergue “RETRAITE DE L’ARMEE./NOVEMBRE.MDCCCXII”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed on shoulder "ANDRIEU F" and at edge "NAPOLEON EMP.ET ROI.".

Reverse: Inscribed at proper right "DENON D.", proper left "GALLE F", and in exergue "RETRAITE DE L'ARMEE./NOVEMBRE.MDCCCXII".

Provenance

By 1913, Henry H. Fay; 1913, gift of Henry H. Fay to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 1, 1913)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Fay