|Title:||Napolean first site of Moscow|
|Description:||18 X 25" lithograph by and signed in pencil by Laslett John Pott with a small etching of a soldier on the outer edge by the signature also in pencil. On the back appears to be the print number.|
|Condition:||Very good, and is in the original frame. Some yellowing of the paper but not much.|
|Origin:||I got it from my grandmother's estate back around 1970.|
|Provenance:||Been hanging on my walls.|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|Appraiser Comments:||The artwork t;hat you have submitted for inquiry appears to be either a lithographic print or an engraving that was created after the original oil painting by artist Laslett John Pott (1837-1898) United States. Pott's artworks for the most part were depictions of historical subjects and scenes from the Napoleonic era. Subject matter included Britsh aristocracy as well as important figures within Napolean's realm and genre scenes. Pott was an oil painter whose style is considered realist or representational. The artist was not a printmaker and the print that you possess was engraved by some other artist. The scene depicted within the artwork is Napoleon and the French Grand Army as they neared the city of Moscow. Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812 with a huge number of soldiers, some information states that the army was half a million men, while other sources mention 100,000 men. Napoleon was defeated by Czar Alexander and retreated from Moscow with a mere fraction of his army, perhaps only 20,000 men. The print that you possess is most likely very early to mid 20th Century for its date of completion. The signature and "remarque" may be printed elements rather than hand-signed and hand-drawn elements. The small drawing of Napoleon that appears at the lower border of the print is known as a remarque. The numbers that are on the reverse of the print are most likely information regarding the framing and matting for the artwork. Thank you for your inquiry. Sara Kinch|
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