The 6th December 1812 from Compositions with Beetles and Butterflies (2021)

Jolyon Fenwick (1971-)

A composition with beetles
Framed in tulip wood with museum glass

52cm x 143cm in the frame


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A composition with beetles. Signed on the verso.
Linen-covered back and sides. Title and initials embroidered in silk thread. Framed in tulip wood with museum glass.

Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow across the frozen Russian wastes was one of the costliest (only 1 in 10 soldiers survived) passages in military history. On 6th December 1812, the Grande Armée faced temperatures that plummeted to -60 degrees.