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Details & Cataloguing

Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art

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French School
19TH CENTURY
NAPOLEON BONAPARTE IN PROFILE
oil on board laid down on panel 
19 1/2 by 13 3/4 in.
49.5 by 34.9 cm
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Provenance

Willy C.J. Kock, Amsterdam
Mr. Watson Wise and Mrs. Emma Wise, Texas (acquired from the above in 1953)
Thence by descent

Catalogue Note

Throughout the nineteenth century, portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte were highly sought after, even long after the demise and exile of the infamous Emperor. Many portraits of Napoleon were copied from or inspired by iconic portraits by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Jacques- Louis David. The present work depicts Napoleon in profile wearing his uniform as colonel of the Foot Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard, his hair slightly disheveled. Both of these features could have been inspired by David’s widely known full length portrait of Napoleon, The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries (1812, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.).

Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art

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New York