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Bonaparte, Napoléon
LOCK OF HIS HAIR
faded to near white, about 100mm. in length, mounted on a leaf of paper inscribed in the hand of Lady Georgina Bathurst "Bonaparte's Hair | Given to me by Capt. Poppleton 53rd Reg. on his return from St Helena | November 1817", held in place and protected with strips of blue paper, framed and glazed, frame size 200 x 165mm. 
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Provenance

Lady Georgina Bathurst (1792-1874), daughter of the 3rd Earl Bathurst; family descent

Catalogue Note

Captain Thomas Poppleton (1775-1827) was the Orderly Officer at Longwood from 10 December 1815 to 24 July 1817. He had an unusually good relationship with Napoleon and the other residents of Longwood and was the only Orderly Officer who had the honour of dining with the former Emperor. He lost the goodwill of his commanding officer when it was discovered that he had received a gift from Napoleon.

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