" Portrait of an engineer colonel, wearing the cross of Saint
Louis and the Legion of Honour. "
Large pencil drawing
23 x 17 cm.
Beautiful frame decorated with palmettes, oval view.
This drawing comes from the memories of General SIMMER, with whom the subject
shares a great physical resemblance.
François Martin Valentin SIMMER (1776 in Rodemack en Moselle; 1847 in Clermont-Ferrand), is a French general of the Revolution and the Empire.
Engaged in 1791, he did all the campaigns of the Revolution and the Empire. Second lieutenant in 1792 in the 7th Cavalry Regiment, he was wounded during the siege of Maastricht on 2 March 1793. Assistant Lieutenant to the Adjutant-Generals in 1794, transferred to the Army of the Coasts of Cherbourg in 1795, he was wounded several times. From 1796 to 1799, he served in the armies of the Rhine, Helvetia, the North and Batavia. Captain in 1797, he was assigned from 1800 to 1804 to the Gallo-Batave army and to the Brest camp.
In 1805 he was transferred to the staff of the 7th Corps of the Grande Armée under Augereau and on 21 February 1807 he became squadron leader at the general staff of the Grande Armée. Wounded at the Battle of Heilsberg on 10 June and at the Battle of Friedland on 14 June. In 1808 and 1809 he served in Spain and Portugal. Sent to the German Army in 1809, he was again wounded at the Battle of Essling on May 22. On 6 July he took part in the Battle of Wagram. Becomes Baron of the Empire on August 15, 1809. On 24 August 1809 he became Adjutant-Commander Chief of Staff of the 1st Division of the 2nd Corps of the Grande Armée, and in 1810 he was sent to the Spanish Army.
Chief of Staff of the 5th Division of the 1st Cor