Allegory of the Maréchal de Villars’s Victory at Denain

Artist: Model by Louis Simon Boizot (French, Paris 1743–1809 Paris)

Founder: Cast and later modified by Pierre Philippe Thomire (French, Paris 1751–1843 Paris)

Date: 1806, modified 1818

Culture: French, Paris

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): H. 35 x W. 27 x D. 18 5/8 in. (88.9 x 68.6 x 47.3 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Bronze

Credit Line: 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

Accession Number: 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).