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GeorgBuchner Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2023 3:23 a.m. PST

Hi ! I have been wanting to knwo for years from what painting this image is from – i am hoping maybe someone here might know?

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP
12 Mar 2023 4:45 a.m. PST

it's from the book cover of Saxon Artillery. Google Lens is awesome. link

GeorgBuchner Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2023 5:32 a.m. PST

yes but i want to know who the artist was and it looks to be part of a larger scene – perhaps if somehow here owns that saxon artiller book they could look in the cover and see if teh artist is mentioned

GeorgBuchner Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2023 6:06 a.m. PST

okay i have done some more searching based on battles in 1813 and grossbeeren brought up an image which looks to be print reproduction of a draft of the larger work this is part of

this allowed me to see the artist signature and i can finally learn that it is be Ludwig Albrecht Schuster – unfortunately though no full colour image of the painting could be found

14Bore12 Mar 2023 6:32 a.m. PST

It is interesting

4th Cuirassier13 Mar 2023 3:17 a.m. PST

Weren't Saxon gun carriages red with black fittings?

Prince of Essling13 Mar 2023 8:25 a.m. PST

From Stephen Summerfield & Gerard Cronin Saxon Horse artillery 1810-15 at link Extract from (Dec 2010) Smoothbore Ordnance Journal, Issue 2

Colour of Ordnance
Saxon ordnance was stained with a mixture of asphalt [by-product from burning mineral oils],litharge [lead (II) oxide], boiled linseed oil and turpentine. This gave a creosote (virtually black)appearance to the woodwork. The metal fittings were bronze or yellow ochre. The wagons hada light blue body [lead (II) oxide with a small amount of Prussian blue], light brown roof [redochre, yellow ochre, lead oxide and lampblack] and black wheels.

Stephen Summerfield, Anthony & Paul Dawson's "Napoleonic Artillery" Book page 228 gives the colours of artillery equipment and has against Saxony 1805-13 Black to dark brown. Wagons had light blue body, light brown roof & black wheels. Bronze metal fittings.

I couldn't see a table in Kevin Kiley's "Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars 1792-1815" -but may have missed it on a very quick skim.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 9:44 a.m. PST

In Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars-A Concise Dictionary 1792-1815 (published in 2021), the artillery colors are in Table XLVIII on page 580.

Prince of Essling13 Mar 2023 9:54 a.m. PST

Many thanks Kevin,
Unfortunately I have an older version (2004 by Greehhill Books)!

One more book for my shopping list (provided the wife is not looking….).


Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 10:11 a.m. PST

Different book altogether. The one you have covers field artillery (republished in 2015, and then in paperback in 2022. Another volume covers siege, garrison, and naval artillery, and then the Dictionary mentioned above.




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