Louis Simon Boizot (French, 17431809); cast by Pierre–Phillipe Thomire (French, 17511843)Bronze; H. 32 in. (81.3 cm)
Signed (incised on front of circular base): BOIZOT FCT. FONDU ET CIZELE PAR THOMIRE.
Marks: (incised on base beneath winged female figure) 5120 (1833 Garde–Meuble inventory mark); (incised on right side of base) P.R. 752 (twice; 1855 Palais Royal inventory mark)
Inscription (chased on hillock at front): DENAIN/1712
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Claus von Bülow Gift, Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Paterson Gift, Bequest of Louis Einstein, by exchange, Rogers Fund, and funds from various donors, 1978 (1978.55)
This composition, first cast with Napoleon's head, was originally designed to celebrate the French victory at Austerlitz. After the emperor's downfall and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1814, the bronze sculptor Thomire reconfigured the group with the head of the maréchal de Villars in order to represent the great ancien régime strategist's victory over the Austrians at the 1712 Battle of Denain (War of the Spanish Succession).