GUÉRIN, Pierre-Narcisse
(b. 1774, Paris, d. 1833, Roma)

Henri de la Rochejaquelin

Oil on canvas, 216 x 142 cm
Musée Municipal, Cholet

The memorial portrait of Henri de la Rochejaquelin, painted in 1817 by Guérin as one of a series of anti-republican heroes commissioned by Louis XVIII for the chateau of Saint-Cloud. This handsome general astride a barricade, with the white Bourbon flag behind him and the order of the Sacred Heart pinned on his breast, was plucked from the early history of royalist resistance as a deliberate counter to the republican icons of David and Gros.