Napoleonic prints and painting by Keith Rocco.
The historical Napoleonic art
prints of Keith Rocco include The Great Gate of Hougoumont, The Pursuit,
The Melee and The Rear Guard. Keith Rocco must
certainly rate as one of the US major Historical and military artist of
today. His meticulous research and eye for detail has built him a
reputation amongst print and original collectors and many of
his paintings hang in collections across the US, including The
Andrew Mellon Foundation, The Pentagon, Gettysburg National Park,
National Guard Heritage Collection and many others. These
Napoleonic prints are available here from Cranston
Fine Arts The Military Print company
The Rear Guard by Keith Rocco.
11th Hussars in Germany, 1796. In 1796, the revolutionary government of France lauched a series of military campaigns they hoped would defeat the nations allied against their new republic. While 27-year old General Napoleon Bonaparte was conducting his hard-fought but ultimately glorious campaign in Northern Italy, his military and political rival General Jean Victor Moreau and the ill-clad and worn out French Army of the Rhine and the Moselle desperately tried to stave off defeat at the hands of Austrias able field commander Archduke Charles. On 22 October 1796, Moreau ordered his tired but determined soldiers to stand on good defensive terrain near the Chateau of Schliengen (accurately depicted in the right background) buying time for his supply and ammunition wagons to cross to safety over the Rhine River at Huninge. In such dangerous situations, it was the duty of the Hussars and other light cavalry to cover the movements of the army. The 11th Hussars was raised during the Ancien.........
The French 1st Carabiniers and the Russian Iziumsk Hussars at the Battle of Borodino, 7 September 1812. Following the capture of the Raevsky Redoubt sometime after 2:00P.M. on 7 September 1812, Napoleons forces were on the verge of a victory on the road to Moscow. As the clouds of black powder smoke darkened the mid-afternoon sky, Prince Eugene de Beauharnais gathered all the available cavalry of the Grande Armee, and hurled them at the already badly mauled Russian forces standing behind the smashed earthen fortification. Passing by the Raevsky Redoubt and flooding the plateau beyond, French cavalry consisting of elements of Montbruns 2nd Reserve Cavalry Corps and Grouchys 3rd Reserve Cavalry Corps became embroiled with Russian regiments of horse in a fight that General Barclay de Tolly described as one of the most stubborn cavalry battles of history. During the ebb-and-flow of this two-hour contest for the control of the Russian center, the French 1st Carabinier Regiment was pitted .........
Anchoring the Anglo-Allied right center, the formidable chateau of Hougoumont has become synonymous with the Battle of Waterloo. It was here that the French army - driven by its institutional memory grounded in victories which saw Napoleonic soldiers defeat other armies while carrying such celebrated defensive positions as the Abbey of Elchingen and the Castle of Ebelsberg -- met a foe of a more determined mettle. Time and again, French attacks swept forward in vain attempts to capture Hougoumont which, if successful, would have opened the covered way into the heart of Wellingtons position. The closest the French came to capturing the chateau was their second assault, spearheaded by Colonel Cubieres 1st Legere. Although Cubieres was wounded and thrown off his horse just outside the chateaus great gate, the assault was sustained by sous-lieutenant Legros. Wielding a pioneers ax, and though facing a hail of bullets, Legros, nicknamed lEnforceur, broke open the barrier and forced his way.........
The Chasseurs of the Guard at Austerlitz, 1805. Short of reserves during a Russian counterattack to regain the strategic Pratzen Heights outside Austerlitz, Napoleon ordered forward a portion of the Guard Cavalry. After initial success the cavalry faltered before the overwhelming numbers of the Russian Guard but had bought enough time for the infantry reserves to reach the gap. With the hole in the French line secured, the remaining squadrons of the Chasseurs along with squadrons of Mamelukes and Grenadiers charged to their embattled compatriots aid. They were led by General Rapp who wrote of the encounter: The enemy cavalry was slashing at our troopers -- then let go and turned on me. Four cannon were brought up at the gallop, unlimbered and set up in battery -- We charged the artillery and captured it. The enemy cavalry stood firm awaiting our attack, then broke under the shock and fled in disorder.
Item Code : KR0017
A Chasseurs Fate by Keith Rocco. (GS) - Editions Available
The first days contest at Fuentes de Onoro between Wellingtons 40,000 man Anglo-Portuguese force and Marshal Massenas 50,000 strong French Army of Portugal ended in the darkness of May 3, 1811. Frontal assaults against the Allied lines had made little headway, and as a result, the French commander determined to regroup and pursue another course of action in order to defeat his enemy, and thus lift the British siege of the French held fortress of Almeida. In the morning of May 5th, Massena sent the bulk of his cavalry -- 2,000 Chasseurs, Hussars and Dragoons -- under Count Louis Pierre Montbrun on a swing around the enemy armys right flank. Supporting French infantry and artillery were soon following the horsemen. In the dawns early light Montbrun was able to out-flank and push back elements of the British 7th Infantry Division and some supporting English horse. For the next two hours the British infantry and cavalry retreated, stood, delayed the French, and retreated again. They were.........