It appears that this image has had brightness and contrast dialled up, in Photoshop, perhaps. But hang on a minute, what's that going on in the centre of the picture? What's with the mashed up cuirassier? He's not been hit by canister, rather he appears to be suffering from dodgy montaging. This image is also grainer, i.e. less smooth, than the top one. And the image in Carruthers' book is, sadly, exactly like the Wikipedia one. So much so, I suspect they are one and the same (or at least sourced from the same original file somehow).
The painting immediately above is, I hope you'll agree, a stunningly beautiful work of art. There's something rather poetic in that the light could easily be twilight (altho' it equally well be dawn: can anyone with more knowledge of the battle tell me which is more likely?), and this was, though a decisive French victory, amongst the very last hurrahs, as 'the sun of Austerlitz' finally set on Napoleon's glory for good.
In the work reproduced above Vernet zooms in on a smaller scene for a change, as Napoleon and his entourage, including the ever flamboyant Murat, turn towards a grenadier, who calle out to them, perhaps simply shouting 'Vive L'Empereur!' (Or is he complaining that his hat doesn't fit?) Vernet captures a kind of charismatic intensity in Bonaparte's face which one imagines he must have possessed, to have lead the way he did.
Horace Vernet, looking supremely cool. Mind you, his bum might be quite toasty, if that stove's lit. Vernet was, quite literally, a child of the revolution, being born in 1879. Neither this nor the picture below appear in Carruthers' book.
Lejeune didn't just paint Napoleonic battles, he took part in them. With a kind of pleasingly poetic if not exact symmetry, Lejeune, around 14-15 years older than Vernet, died in 1848, year of France's February revolution, which founded the Second Republic, and saw the beginning of the Second Empire under Bonaparte's nephew, Louis Napoleon.
Perhaps a more poignant if no less bizarre an epitaph to Napoleon's period of ascendancy, his rapid rise and even faster fall, is this painting by Baron Charles de Steuben. 'Vie de Napoléon en huit chapeaux', or 'life of Napoleon in eight hats'! I saw it in the little Museum on the Waterloo battlefield that was Napoleon's H.Q. on the night before the battle, in postcard form. This is another one that isn't in the book, by the way.