"One picture is worth ten thousand words."
Frederick R. Barnard : Printer's Ink, 10 March 1927.
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The figure above is a graphical representation of Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of and subsequent retreat from Russia during 1812. The graph shows the size of the army, its location and the direction of its movement. The temperature during the retreat is drawn at the bottom of figure.
The figure was drawn by Charles Joseph Minard in 1861 and is generally considered to be one of the finest graphs ever produced.