Battle of Austerlitz

PELLERIN19th century

Musée Bertrand
Châteauroux, France

The famous battle known as The Battle Of the Three Emperors, the Battle of Austerlitz (December 2, 1805) this time pitted Bonaparte against the Emperors Francis I of Austria and Alexander I of Russia. It remains in collective memory one of Napoleon's decisive victories, as well as the fruit of a true tactical masterpiece.
Pitting more than 65,000 French soldiers against nearly 90,000 Austrian and Russian soldiers, it is thanks to meticulous strategy that the Grand Army manages to achieve victory.
The number of soldiers is rendered on this plate by the repetition of the same figures at the top and in the depressions of the hills, which creates a feeling of movement on the print.
In the center is Napoleon, on horseback, stretching out his arm to grab the flags taken from the enemy, handed to him by a general. Impassive, he is accompanied by Berthier, Bessières, Junot, Duroc and Lebrun.
In the center, he has the place of honor, as he embodies the ideal of the hero-soldier revered by the people.


  • Title: Battle of Austerlitz
  • Creator: PELLERIN
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: H 47.5 x L 63 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Napoléon
  • Type: Photo
  • Rights: © Vincent Escudero
  • Medium: Chromoxylography on laid paper

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