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Mon Caporal, j'n'ai pu avoir que ça


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

Catalogue Raisonné

Berlandi 86; Sanchez 205,second state


Sheet: 27.2 × 36 cm (10 11/16 × 14 3/16 in.) Image: 15.5 × 20.8 cm (6 1/8 × 8 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



On the right a soldier stands with a bemused look on his face. At chest height, he holds a bird cage with a small bird inside. Over his left arm is an empty sack.
The soldier with the bird cage is facing three soldiers who are near a low wall to the left. They have laughing, teasing expressions - one is pointing toward the caged bird. Another leans against the wall in a prone position.
In front of the wall is a filled sach with a pole through its top. On the ground are a dead turkey, a leg of beef, a rack of ribs, some potatoes, a head of cabbage, a rootlike vegetable, and three bottles.
In the background, on the right, are two soldiers. One carries a full sack over his shoulder. The other carries a stick with a dead bird hanging from it. A third soldier is further away.
In the background, on the left, are two soldiers who appear to be cooking. Behind them is a building without a roof.


In stone, in image l.r. H Vernet; below image l.r. I. lith de Delpech; b.c. MON CAPORAL, J'N'AI PU AVOIR QUE ÇA; VERSO in center BABCOCK BEQUEST, in circle below M.F.A.3599


To MFA Jun6 12, 1900

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock