National Geographic : 1923 Nov
MEISSONIER'S MASTERPIECE, "THE CAMPAIGN OF FRANCE," OR "1814," SHOWING NAPOLEON ON HIS WHITE CHARGER ACCOMPANIED BY HIS MARSHALS The artist depicts the Emperor of the French in 1814, after the Battle of Laon. The sky is dreary, the landscape devastated. The dejected faces express despair. In the center of the picture, seated on his white charger and wearing his famous gray coat, rides Napoleon. Close behind follow his marshals-Ney, with his overcoat buttoned around his shoulders; beside him Berthier; then Flahaut; farther back areDrouet and Gourgaud, and beside them an officer who from sheer fatigue has fallen asleep on his horse.