A painting which arrived in Sydney in 1893 - 65 years ago - has just been unrolled for the first time.
A painting which arrived in Sydney in 1893 - 65 years ago - has just been unrolled for the first time. It was bought by the New South Wales Art Gallery for GBP3000 and depicts the charge of Napoleon's Fourth Hussars against the Russians at the Battle of Friedland in 1807.
The painting needed cleaning and retouching, and is the largest in the Gallery. It was executed in 1891 by Edouard de Taille and bears the title: "Viva l'Empereur." Measuring sixteen and a half by fourteen and a half feet, the painting required a whole day to stretch.
The direct of the Gallery, Mr Hal Missingham describes the painting as a realistic one which aroused considerable interest when it first arrived in Sydney in 1893.