Faber du Faur’s description seems almost buoyant as he talks about the events depicted in the painting of December 2nd, 1812.
Between Pleszenitzy and Smorgoni,
The Beresina was behind us and we were happy to have marched over the series of bridges over the Zembin marshes. Vilna, with its magazines and stores, was now the object of our attention Those who could outstrip the army were sometimes lucky enough to find shelter in inhabited places. Here we see some officers of the 25th Division in the room of a farmhouse; they probably still remember their pretty hostess who went by the name of The Carpenter’s Wife.
With Napoleon in Russia: The Illustrated Memoirs of Major Faber du Faur, 1812, edited by Jonathan North