AFTER ROBERT-JACQUES-FRANÇOIS-FAUST LEFÈVRE  | Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), aged 44
AFTER ROBERT-JACQUES-FRANÇOIS-FAUST LEFÈVRE  | Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), aged 44
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AFTER ROBERT-JACQUES-FRANÇOIS-FAUST LEFÈVRE  | Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), aged 44

Estimate: 18,000 - 25,000 GBP

AFTER ROBERT-JACQUES-FRANÇOIS-FAUST LEFÈVRE  | Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), aged 44

Estimate: 18,000 - 25,000 GBP

Lot Sold:30,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

AFTER ROBERT-JACQUES-FRANÇOIS-FAUST LEFÈVRE

Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), aged 44


oil on canvas

228 x 151 cm.; 89¾ x 59½ in.

Condition Report

The large canvas is lined with an even varnish that is only marginally discoloured. There is one small restored damage at the upper right in the background. There are no other major damages visible to the naked eye bar some frame abrasion visible at all edges. There is a distinctive craquelure throughout and a seam is visible running the length of the canvas, through the sitters right arm. Inspection under ultra violet light reveals only very few scattered retouchings, all of which appear to be of a cosmetic nature and are quite broadly applied. 

In very nice overall condition for a canvas of this size. 

Offered in a carved and painted gilt wood frame with some chips and losses.  


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Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

The present painting is based on Lefevre's life-size dated portrait from 1812, today at Apsley House, London.(1) Napoleon is shown wearing a blue uniform with red facings, gold epaulettes, a white waistcoat and the white breeches of a French General. He wears the sash and star of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour and the croix d'officier of the same Order, together with the Iron Crown of the Order that he had established in 1805, which hangs from his button hole. The book beside his left hand is the Code Napoléon, the French civil code, drafted by four jurists and established under Napoleon in 1804.


1 Inv. no. WM 1491; see C.H. Gibbs-Smith and H.V.T. Percival (eds), The Wellington Museum, Apsley House: A Guide, London 1957, p. 34.

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