The Last Cartridges (painting)

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The Last Cartridges
Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville - Les dernières cartouches (1873).jpg
Artist Alphonse de Neuville
Year 1873
Type Oil on canvas, historical painting

The Last Cartridges (French: Les Dernières Cartouches) is an 1873 painting by the French artist Alphonse de Neuville.[1]

It recreates an incident of the Franco-Prussian War, when the French defenders of Bazeilles fought to the last cartridge during the 1870 Battle of Sedan. The fighting at Bazeilles was celebrated by the French nation amidst an otherwise catastrophic defeat.

The painting was featured in the turn-based strategy game Civilization V.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thomson p. 165.


  • Fermer, Douglas. Sedan 1870: The Eclipse of France. Pen and Sword, 2016.
  • Thomson, Richard. The Troubled Republic: Visual Culture and Social Debate in France, 1889-1900. Yale University Press, 2004.