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Napoleon at Schonbrunn, design for a medal from Napoleon's 'Histoire Métallique', 1809-13; Jupiter seated holding staff and lightning, circular
Pen and black ink, brown wash
- Production date
Height: 110 millimetres
Width: 108 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For the design of the obverse, see 1989,0930.131. The die was engraved by Domard (T.N.33 & 34). The medal is illustrated in P. Rosenberg (ed.), exhib. cat., Paris, Musée du Louvre, 'Dominique-Vivant Denon: l'oeil de Napoléon', 1999, no. 279. As Ian Jenkins observed in his Friends of P&D lecture on 13 May 2015, 'The glory that was London and the grandeur that was Paris: sculpture and politics in Napoleonic Europe', the figure of Jupiter is based on a small classical bronze of the god then in Denon's collection, now in the BM (1865,0103.36).
Lit.: A. Griffiths, 'The Design and Production of Napoleon's Histoire Métallique', "The Medal", Spring 1990, no.16; idem, 'Drawings for Napoleonic Medals', in M. Jones (ed.), 'Designs on Posterity', London 1994
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1991 Jan-April, BM, Recent Acquisitions (no cat.)
2015 July-Sep, BM, 'Unity and Simplicity: Neoclassicism in Europe'.
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- 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.
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