Austrian Cavalry Resting in a Village
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Albrecht Adam ( Nördlingen 1786 - Munich 1862 )
Albrecht Adam (1786 – 1862) was a German painter known for his paintings and engravings of battles. Born in Nördlingen, he began an apprenticeship as a baker and in 1803 travelled to Nuremberg to begin his training. However, influenced by the director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Nuremberg and later by Johann Rugendas, he turned his hand to painting. After participating in the Austrian campaign of 1809, he stayed for a time in Vienna, where he drew the attention of Napoleon's stepson Prince Eugène de Beauharnais and was appointed his court painter. Most of Adam's subsequent works dealt with Napoleon's Russian campaign, in which he participated under de Beauharnais. Among other works, he painted a diary of the campaign in 83 scenes.