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Presented, 1931. Museums Sheffield
The Execution of Marshal Ney
Date Made/Found: 1855-1865
Artist: Jean-Léon Gérôme , French, 1824 - 1904
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Support: 652 x 1042 x 12mm Frame: 852 x 1242 x 107mm Sight size: 642 x 1030mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.1844
Michel Ney was a marshal in Napoleon’s army. When Napoleon abdicated in 1814 Ney pledged his allegiance to the Bourbon monarchy, but when Napoleon returned to France, Ney rejoined his former leader. When the monarchy was restored in 1815 Marshal Ney was accused of plotting Napoleon’s return and charged with treason. Marshal Ney was a heroic figure, described by contemporaries as ‘the bravest of the brave’. At his execution he refused to wear a blindfold and was allowed to give the order to fire.
Display Location: Graves Gallery

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