Tu Vois Austerlitz au Moment du Tremblement


Nicolas-Toussaint Charlet (1792-1845), Tu Vois Austerlitz au Moment du Tremblement, lithograph, 1827. Published by Gihaut Freres, Paris. Reference: Fonds Francais IV, p. 336, no. 12. Printed by Villain. In generally good condition apart from foxing verso, lightly showing through image. 7 1/4 x 6, the sheet 14 1/4 x 10 1/2.

This print was included in the catalogue and exhibit Prints About Prints (Diane Ewan Wolfe, 1981, exhibit arranged by Martin Gordon and Sigma Art Fund), #8.

The old veteran of the Napoleonic wars, standing before a stand of prints, is selling his war stories; a young soldier interrupts him with Napoleon’s famous words to the troops after the victory at Austerlitz:  “Soldiers, I am pleased with you!”

Charlet was a famed 19th Century artist, well-known especially in France for his lithographs on military subjects and appreciated by other artists such as Delacroix and Gericault.