N05202 NAPOLEON CROSSING THE BRIDGE TO LOBAU ISLAND 1912
Inscr. ‘R. Caton Woodville 1912’ b.l.
Oil on panel, 14×9 7/8 (35·5×25).
Presented by Charles Pratt 1940.
Coll: Henry Graves & Co. 1915; acquired by Charles Pratt c. 1917.
Exh: Naval and Military Works, Guildhall Art Gallery, June 1915 (242).
A signed label in the artist's writing on the back of the painting reads: ‘Napoleon crossed to the Island of Lobau by Vienna on the morning of the 21st May. Battle of Essling. (This bridge was several times destroyed by the Austrians & rebuilt again & again stronger & larger. It was the key to the position.) Campaign in Austria 1809. Napoleon said, “Voila une magnifique salle de ball [sic]”!’ (See N05204 and N05205.)
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II