Charles Mott. Lithograph. Image measures 12.5 x 14.5"
This print of the Polish general Prince Jozef Poniatowski is modeled on a painting by the French artist Horace Vernet. After joining the Austria imperial army in 1780, Poniatowski advance to become an aide-de-camp to Emperor Joseph II. His distinguished career ended at the Battle of Leipzig in 1813, which was a decisive defeat for Napoleon that ended in his exile. In this image, Poniatowski rides a horse jumping into a river, while the battle rages on around him. The horse, in mid-air and moving in the direction of the river in which other soldiers are drowning, suggests itself as a symbol of the general's immanent fate. Lettering above the image reads "Galerie du Palais royal / (Horace Vernet)." A oval stamp atop the title has the inscription, 'Galerie lithographiée de S. A. Mgr le Duc d'Orléans,' as does the copy of this print in the collection of the British Museum.The print is in good condition with minor foxing in the upper right. Antoine Jean Weber (1797--1875) was a paris-based printer and lithographer known best for his reproductions of paintings by the masters. This print is a fine document of Napoleonic history.