Friday, 1 January 2016

The Neys Have It

Hinton Hunt FN 354: Marshal Ney
Mrs WM: "Is that Napoleon?"
WM: "Ney, Lass".
I've been a very lucky laddy.

I had a suspicion when I first saw this figure that I knew which painting had been the inspiration, and seeing them side by side I think there can be no doubt about it!

The figure, of course, is Hinton Hunt FN 354: Marshal Ney, on horse FNH 10.

The painting is a detail from Ernest Meissonier's 1864 painting, Campagne de France 1814.

WM

6 comments :

  1. Nice figure captures the moment very well, Tony

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    1. Cheers, Tony. I've always wondered about that painting. I think Meissonier was trying to depict stoicism or indomitableness, or something, but the marshals look like they're plotting and scheming to me behind the Emperor's back!

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    1. I do a marzipan version too. Mrs Wm really said that, by the way, and that really was my reply. Now that was delicious!

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  3. Very nicely done - is this one a vintage HH casting?

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    1. Yes, as far as I can tell. He's a beautiful crisp casting, and quite hefty too!

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