“His painterly and fluid style and exhaustive research of his subject has earned Rocco acclaim as one of the country’s most sought after narrative artists.”
—Imagine Art Gallery
The French Army of the Hundred Days
On his return from the island of Elba in early 1815 Napoleon had to resurrect an army that had been greatly reduced during his exile from France. It was his last campaign.
For more than two decades historian, researcher, and author Paul Lindsay Dawson delved into the archives of the French army, translating reams of original documents and reports related to the rebuilding of Napoleon’s Imperial Army in 1815.
This book visually represents the results of that research, and describes the many variations of French uniforms hastily pressed into service by the harried quartermasters as they rushed to rebuild and refit an army that would end its life at Waterloo.
The most accurate collection of images of the French Army as it appeared at Waterloo
- 64 original paintings portraying many of the French Army units at Waterloo
- Over a decade of research and artistic rendering by Keith Rocco went into producing the paintings in this book
- 150+ photographs of historical artifacts from the holdings of three museums and seven private collections
- Foreword by David Markham, President, International Napoleonic Society
“I have always prided myself on telling the story of the common soldier, the often anonymous men who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.”—Keith Rocco
What You Get In
WATERLOO: NAPOLEON’S LAST ARMY
- 176 oversize-format 9 3/8” by 13 1/2” large pages
- 128 pages featuring 64 Keith Rocco soldier paintings – 32 Imperial Guard and 32 Line units
- Full color throughout
- Fine high-grade, art quality paper
- Facing pages feature descriptive text relating to the subject of the painting along with captioned photos of rare artifacts depicted within the artwork
- An added plus: 28 more pages dedicated solely to beautifully photographed and captioned artifact photos
- Illustrated Uniform Glossary in French and English
- Index of units and officers that are portrayed in the book’s paintings
- 4 large horizontal battle paintings on 2-page chapter title spreads, including:
- Plancenoit – Guard Infantry & Artillery chapter. A NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED PAINTING OF THE IMPERIAL GUARD FIGHTING IN THE CEMETERY! The artist created this painting especially for this book.
- Empress Dragoons – Guard Cavalry chapter.
- The Great Gate of Hougoumont – Line Infantry & Artillery chapter.
- Quatre Bras – Line Cavalry chapter.
About the Artist
Artist Keith Rocco has created paintings for the Pentagon, museums in both the U.S. and Europe, the U.S. Army War College, and numerous National Park Service sites. He has been painting professionally for over 35 years specializing in military subjects.
“One of today’s foremost painters of military images.”
“(An) artist in the tradition of Remington and Detaille”
“When Keith Rocco prepares to create a historical painting he does extensive research on the subject and time period . . . he researches information on individuals from their memoirs, letters and biographies. From there he creates a story of what happened.”—From the student handout in a lesson plan created by Baltimore Public Television for teachers to use in having students analyze Keith Rocco’s work
Read excerpts from interviews with Keith that appeared in the European magazines Bellumartis and Amis Club.
About Paul Lindsay Dawson
Author Paul Lindsay Dawson is a field archaeologist and professional historian specializing in the army of Napoleon I. He has written more than 35 books on Napoleonic subjects.