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Young men being trained to be Soldiers

La Vie d'un Soldat No. 1: Ses Premiers Jeux Annoncent Ce Qu'Il Doit Etre un Jour

Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet (called Horace Vernet) (French, 1789–1863)

Catalogue Raisonné

Beraldi 89; Sanchez 82 unknown state


26.2 x 33.2 cm (10 5/16 x 13 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



On the left a drum master is teaching two young soldiers to play the drum. He is holding drumstricks and has a baton under his right arm. He is demonstrating on the drum belonging to the foremost young soldier. The other young soldier also has a drum.
In the center a soldier is instructing three others on the use of the bayonet.
Behind these soldiers, a small group of soldiers appear to be practicing a drill.
To the right of the center, four young boys are playing as in a small marching group. The “commander” wears a paper hat and is carrying a sword between his arms. The other three are in a horizontal line with the outer soldiers carrying a “spear?? (curtain rod??”) and the center soldier carring a flag. All four boys are marching in step; each has his left foot forward.
To the right a soldier stands in front of a building. His rifle rests in front of him, held upright by his right arm. Behind the building and the four young boys is a small guard house.
In the background: a wooden structure appears on the left and a fort appears in the center. Two soldiers lean on the base of the fort; a third stands in the parapet. Trees are near and behind the fort as is a distant house.


Signed in stone: b.c. H. Vernet


Accession numbers assigned by V/C September 20, 1995. The Calabi Collection of Early Lithographs made before 1840.

Credit Line

Katherine E. Bullard Fund in memory of Francis Bullard