"The capture of the Mouzaïa pass", pen and black ink, black stone, set to the square with a black pencil.
Preliminary sketch for the painting in the Versailles museum, dated 1840 (inv. MV 2025).
Annotated H. Emile-Jean-Horace VERNET (1789-1863).
The episode designates a battle taking place in Algeria, on May 12, 1840, opposing the French troops led by Louis d'Orléans to the soldiers of Abd-el Kader, making them masters of the highest summit of the Atlas (cf. H. Vernet, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1980, p.105 fig.85).
Tears and wears