The Battle of Jemappes
This painting is part of the group: Four Battle Scenes

On 6 November 1792 Dumouriez defeated the Austrians under the Duke of Saxe-Teschen and Clerfayt at Jemappes, near Mons. This led to the French occupation of Belgium.

This is one of four battle scenes painted by Vernet for the duc d'Orléans (later King Louis-Philippe) depicting French successes in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. The other three are 'The Battle of Hanau', 'The Battle of Montmirail' and 'The Battle of Valmy'. They were damaged in 1848 but restored under the artist's supervision.

The duc d'Orléans had been involved in this battle and in the battle of Valmy, and Vernet's pictures became part of his propaganda campaign to establish his revolutionary credentials.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1789 - 1863
Full title
The Battle of Jemappes
Group
Date made
1821
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
177.2 x 288.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir John Murray Scott, 1914
Inventory number
NG2963
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Four Battle Scenes

Painting
Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet
1826
Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet: 'The Battle of Valmy'
Painting
Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet
1822
Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet: 'The Battle of Montmirail'
Painting
Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet
1824
Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet: 'The Battle of Hanau'