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- Object: Napoléon Empereur des Français, Roi d'Italie
Portrait of Napoléon I, Emperor of the french, in imperial robes; bust-length, looking to the right, in oval frame surrounded by shields, flags and weapons, and with below, printed from a separate plate, a depiction of the battle of Austerlitz. 1806
Etching and engraving
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Height: 500 millimetres (total)
Width: 332 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is the first of the three states recorded in the catalogue of the De Vinck collection.
The print was registered on 19 June 1806 and advertised in 'Le Moniteur', 18 June 1806, at a cost of 12 francs (lettre grise) or 24 francs (lettre blanche). It was exhibited in the 1806 Paris Salon (No.645).
In its first state the print is a pair to a portrait of Joséphine which, as an echo to the portrait of Napoleon, surmounts a figurative scene depicting the coronation of 1804. The plate was reissued when Napoleon married Marie Louise (1810). This reissue is the second state recorded by De Vinck, although the modifications only seemed to affect the portrait of Joséphine, which was naturally altered into a portrait of the new empress; the portrait of Napoleon, as far as we can tell from the note in the De Vinck catalogue, remained the same. However, the engraver omitted to remove the coronation of 1804 (in which Joséphine figured prominently) from the portrait of the new empress. The faux-pas was promptly corrected and a third state, in which the figurative scenes on both plates were replaced by a text, appeared. The plates in their third states were advertised in 'Journal typographique et Bibliographique', 5 August 1810, at a cost of 6 francs each.
For an impression of the third state of the Napoleon portrait see 1850,0211.115.
- Not on display
- Associated events
Associated Event: War of the Third Coalition 1803-1806
Associated Event: Battle of Austerlitz 1805
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