£30.00 – £85.00
This Vignette portrays Napoleon visiting Marshall Lannes as he lies dying in hospital at the battle of Essling in 1809. Larry, the surgeon, stands looking on.
It is based on the famous painting.
On 22 May 1809, during a lull in the second day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling, Marshal Lannes went and sat down at the edge of a ditch, his hand over his eyes and his legs crossed. As he sat there, plunged in gloomy meditation on having seen his friend, General de Brigade Pouzet, decapitated mid-conversation by a cannonball, a second cannonball fired from a gun at Enzersdorf ricocheted and struck him just where his legs crossed. The knee-pan of one was smashed, and the back sinews of the other torn. The Marshal said, “I am wounded; it’s nothing much; give me your hand to help me up.” He tried to rise, but could not. He was carried to the tête de pont, where the chief surgeons proceeded to dress his wound. One of the marshal’s legs was amputated within two minutes by Dominique Jean Larrey. He bore the operation with great courage; it was hardly over when Napoleon came up and, kneeling beside the stretcher, wept as he embraced the marshal. On 23 May, he was transported by boat to the finest house in Kaiserebersdorf. Eight days later, he succumbed to his wounds at daybreak on 31 May. Lannes was initially buried in Les Invalides, Paris, but in 1810, he was exhumed and re-interred in the Panthéon national after a grandiose ceremony.
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