today, new month of June, I would like to bring to your attention the brushwork et al. of Alexander Sauerweid, (1783-1844), a prolific European artist from Kurland (Baltic vassal state of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth 1561-1795AD, and then annexed by Russian Empire and nowadays is part of Latvia). Alexander, disciple of the famous Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, made a trek around Napoleonic Age Europe and upon the invitation of tsar Alexander I of Russia became an instructor at the Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts.
Alexander painted portraits of Napoleon's horses - the French emperor had more than a hundred horses at his disposal when on war footing.
in 1807 he drew the Russian Imperial Army - here one image of the Russian lancers via archive
- the army of Kingdom of Saxony (then in union with Duchy of Warsaw), at that moment in its swan song, soon to be 'dismembered and swallowed' by Prussia.
- then again Alexander did plates showing the Saxon army of 1811
horses and officers of the Russian army eg
Artnet collection of his works -
Battle of Leipzig 1813