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Beaugeard "Napoleonic artillery sergeant-major Breton at Eylau", post-mortem miniature portrait, 1807
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This miniature certainly shows a newly-fledged chevalier of the Napoleonic Order d'Honneur. He is an artillery sous-officier (according to two gold laces on the cuff a sergeant-major) and he is pointing at the place of his heroic deed, for which he was awarded the highest honor of the Empire (as we will se below - posthumously). It was here, on the 7-8 of February 1807 that his battery, placed near the church of Eylau in Prussia (see scenes on the right and left of the background composition) fought in one of the bloodiest battles between Napoleon's France and anti-Napoleonic allies - the famous battle of Eylau (see our images nr.12-13 with extensive description of this event).
In standard refference source - "Etat General de la Legion d'Honneur, Depuis son origine", 1814 - among all awardees Chevalier Cross of Legion of Honor who obtained this award just after the aforementioned battle we find single (!) French artillery sergeant-major - certain Breton (see our image nr.15). His name is to see among awardees of 4th March 1807 - "Breton, sergent-major au 5e (regiment) d'artill(erie) a pied. Decede" (English: died)".
The miniature is clearly signed "Beaugeard". It is the only known work of this miniaturist (we suppose that he was a nobleman, for this name "Beaugeard" can most often be found with nobiliary particle "De", i.e. De Beaugeard. The uniqueness of this miniature can also be an evidence that this De (?) Beaugeard was not, in fact, earning his living with painting miniature portraits, but was merely a talented amateur, who in his younger years was likely taking some lessons from one of Parisian miniaturists, and whose main profession was (alike his sitter's) that of a military officer (most likely he was one of the commanders of our just killed artillerist).
This miniature first became known in 1990, as it was sold at auction house "Druot-Arcole" (sale of the 12th of February 1990, lot 43). In auction catalogue it was erroneously defined as portrait of an officer with a Russian (?!) landscape in background (meaning the Russian campaign of 1812). This discrepancy was automatically adopted by Nathalie Bouchard-Lemoine, who included this miniature in her recently published dictionary of French miniaturists (see our image nr.11).
Similarly, bearing the same erroneous description, this miniature resurfaced almost 20 years later at the sale of Parisian auction house "Thierry de Maigret" (Hotel Druot, 18th of November 2009, lot 70; see our image nr.10).
SEE ALSO OUR WEB # 32629!!
Condition: fairly good; two minimal paint losses at the sitter's breast; a segment between 5:30 and 6:30 o'clock is attached by the artist himself (it is not a crack!); in original frame
Creation Year: 1807
Measurements: UNFRAMED:6,0x6,0cm/2,4x2,4in FRAMED: 7,4x7,4cm/2,9x2,9in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Inscription: signed: Beaugeard
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Creator Dates: act. in early 19th c.-
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