Richard Caton Woodville Napoleon Crossing the Bridge to Lobau Island 1912

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Artwork details

Artist
Title
Napoleon Crossing the Bridge to Lobau Island
Date 1912
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 356 x 251 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Charles Pratt 1940
Reference
N05202
Not on display

Catalogue entry

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.)

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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