Napoleon Ist visiting the army bivouacs on the eve of the Battle of Austerlitz, on 1st December 1805

The painting illustrates a moment of pure imperial communication. The Emperor wanted to visit the bivouacs on foot and incognito, but he was recognised and the enthusiastic soldiers lit straw lanterns on thousands of poles. 80,000 men cheered him. The creator of the painting, a native of Pas-de-Calais, was an artilleryman, an officer-geographer and a witness of the scene.