World History Moment: Napoleon Returns To France

This portrait of Napoleon, painted by Horace Vernet in 1815- the same year as the battle of Waterloo - is one of 25 “neglected” paintings from the basement of London’s National Gallery, April 15, 1983, which are to go on special exhibition next week. Because of a lack of display space, many of the gallery’s art works are stored in the basement, and are only rarely seen in public. (AP PHOTO)
This portrait of Napoleon was painted by Horace Vernet in 1815. AP Photo
This portrait of Napoleon, painted by Horace Vernet in 1815- the same year as the battle of Waterloo - is one of 25 “neglected” paintings from the basement of London’s National Gallery, April 15, 1983, which are to go on special exhibition next week. Because of a lack of display space, many of the gallery’s art works are stored in the basement, and are only rarely seen in public. (AP PHOTO)
This portrait of Napoleon was painted by Horace Vernet in 1815. AP Photo

World History Moment: Napoleon Returns To France

On March 1, 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Emperor who had been defeated a year earlier, returned to France after a year of exile.

Historian John Schmidt recalls this moment in history which became known as Napoleon’s Second Reign.