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Cuirassier with Drawn Sword

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


modeled c. 1875 (cast after 1891)


Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier
French, 1815-1891

About this artwork

Ernest Meissonier was best known for his exquisitely rendered genre scenes, which drew inspiration from the Dutch masters and were praised for their “microscopic” perfection. But he was also a serious student of military subjects, creating a series of canvases on major episodes in the life of Napoleon I. For his battle scenes, Meissonier fashioned wax sculptures of horses and military figures, such as this cavalryman (known as a cuirassier), which served as a study for the painting 1807, Friedland (exhibited in the Salon of 1875). First shown to the public in 1891, Meissonier’s waxes were later cast in bronze to preserve the artist’s conception.


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Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier (Cast by)


Cuirassier with Drawn Sword


France (Object made in)

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Modeled 1870–1880




"Meissonier" handwritten by artist on proper left back of base Stamped impression: "6" inside a circle on proper right back of base Foundry mark: "Cire Perdue/ Siot - Decauville" on proper right back of base


49.5 × 62.5 × 21 cm (19 3/4 × 24 5/8 × 8 1/4 in.)

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Bequest of Arthur Rubloff

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