French School circa 1820. Portrait of Count Curial, Peer of France, painting

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FRENCH SCHOOL circa 1820

Portrait of Philibert Count Curial, Lieutenant General, Peer of France (1815)

Oil on canvas

92 x 73,5 cm (36-1/4 x 29 in.)

Tear measuring 5 cm (2 in.) on upper part of background towards the left, with few small losses.

Within gilt stucco wood frame with palmettes, caduceus, butterflies and cornucopias in corners: 116 x 97 cm (45-2/3 x 38 in.)

Philibert Curial was volunteer in 1792, captain in 1793, and served in the Alps and the Pyrenees and then onto the armies of Italy and Switzerland. He was with Bonaparte in Egypt, where he was appointed battalion commander then brigade commander. With the Grand Army, he was at Austerlitz. In 1806, he became major of Chasseurs on foot for the Guard and participated at Iena and Eylau. In 1807, he became colonel of the Guard then brigadier general. Baron of the Empire in 1808, he accompanied Napoleon in Spain then Austria, where he fought at Essling and Wagram. He led the Young Guard at Essling and Wagram.
As major general, he commanded the 3rd Division of the Guard in Russia before the 1813 campaign as leader of the Chasseurs on foot for the Old Guard then the Young guard’s 1st division. He participated in the campaign in France. He was with the army stationed in the Alps during the Hundred Days, and then became inspector general of the cavalry.

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  • Item(s) quantity:  1
  • Height in cm : 92 cm
  • Width in cm : 73 cm
  • Expertissim Reference: 2014120511