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The Battle of Montenotte, design for a medal from Napoleon's 'Histoire Metallique', 1809-13; Victory holding laurel crown, palm branch and sword, flying over mountains, circular
Pen and black ink, with brown wash
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Height: 100 millimetres
Width: 100 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is the first of nine drawings from the same album that relate to the medals of Napoleon's 'Histoire métallique'. All were published by Antony Griffiths, 'The Design and Production of Napoleon's Histoire Métallique', in The Medal, No.16, Spring 1990, pp.16-30. See also
Antony Griffiths, 'Drawings for Napoleonic Medals', in 'Designs on Posterity', ed. Mark Jones, 1994.
This design was engraved by the medallist Jeuffroy in 1813 with the amendment that the figure of Victory is shown flying over the whole of Italy, and not just over the Alps with her foot touching on Montenotte. The files in the Archives Nationales relating to the Monnaie record that the designer was Lafitte.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1991 Jan-April, BM, Recent Acquisitions (no cat.)
2015 July-Sep, BM, 'Unity and Simplicity: Neoclassicism in Europe'.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Battle of Montenotte
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
The drawings were extracted from a XIXc album that contained a large number of drawings by Vivant Denon and artists of his circle, and which may well have been put together by Denon himself: see the account in the Christie's sale catalogue p.84, where the album was split up as lots 141 to 192. All the medal drawings were lotted together as lot 186, which was bought for the BM.
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