His main activity was military History painting, a genre in which he excelled. He represented historical as well as more recent battles, Napoleonic campaigns, and contemporary faits d'armes such as the conquest of Algeria.
La Halte is amongst those works inspired by the military world, even if it does not refer to any precise historical action. Here, Vernet depicts a lancers squadron of the premier régiment de Chevau-Légers polonais de la Garde Impériale on the road. One of them strayed from the others to rest.
The regiment, which was created in 1807 and integrated to the Vieille Garde in 1809, always had a special status within the army. It was disbanded in 1815, and Vernet was undoubtedly honouring this famous military corps of the Napoleonic era when he painted this work in 1816.
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