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The Attack at Dawn


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Description The scene is a French town in the Jura region, near the Swiss border. As a bugler sounds the alarm, French troops (Algerian riflemen and members of the Garde Mobile) rush from an inn to defend themselves from the advancing Prussians. Rather than dwelling on France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), de Neuville, a veteran of the war, specialized in works glorifying his country's heroic resistance rather than its military defeat. He took exceptional efforts to re-create the subjects factually, revisiting the battlefields and studying the weapons, uniforms, and other paraphernalia of war.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/31/1943Treatmentcoated; other
Exhibitions
  • Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Goupil et Cie., Paris, prior to 1878 [mode of acquisition unknown]; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1877-1878, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right: Alf. de Neuville; [Date] Lower right: 1877
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, ca. 1878

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Period
1877
Medium
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.40
Measurements
H: 57 11/16 x W: 87 3/8 in. (146.5 x 222 cm); Framed H: 80 1/2 x W: 110 x D: 7 3/4 in. (204.5 x 279.4 x 19.7 cm)
Geography
  • France, Jura (Place Depicted)

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