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A lock of hair from Emperor Napoleon I | Mèche de cheveux de l’Empereur Napoléon Ier présentée sur papier

A lock of hair from Emperor Napoleon I | Mèche de cheveux de l’Empereur Napoléon Ier présentée sur papier

A lock of hair from Emperor Napoleon I | Mèche de cheveux de l’Empereur Napoléon Ier présentée sur papier

A lock of hair from Emperor Napoleon I


presented on a piece of paper, under light blue paper protective strips, inscribed: “Bonaparte Hair. Given to me by Capt Poppleton 53rd reg on his return from St Helena. November 1817.” In a glazed and gilt-brass display frame.

7⅞in. x 6¼in.; 20 x 16 cm.

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Mèche de cheveux de l’Empereur Napoléon Ier présentée sur papier


présentée sur papier, sous des bandes de protection en papier bleu ciel, avec inscription à la plume : « Bonaparte Hair. Given to me by Capt Poppleton 53rd reg on his return from St Helena. November 1817. » Présentée sous verre dans un cadre présentoir en laiton doré.

Mèche de cheveux de l’Empereur Napoléon Ier présentée sur papier, sous des bandes de protection en papier bleu ciel, avec inscription à la plume : « Bonaparte Hair. Given to me by Capt Poppleton 53rd reg on his return from St Helena. November 1817. »

Présentée sous verre dans un cadre présentoir en laiton doré.

Like other known locks of hair, this strand of hair has become discoloured as a result of long exposure to light.



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Captain Poppleton, officer of Emperor Napoleon I;

Given by the latter on his return from St Helena (1817) to Lady Georgina Bathurst (1792-1874), daughter of Lord Bathurst.

Thence by descent;

Private Collection.


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Capitaine Poppleton, officier d’ordonnance auprès de l’Empereur Napoléon Ier.

Donné par ce dernier lors de son retour de Sainte-Hélène (1817) à Lady Georgina Bathurst (1792-1874), fille de Lord Bathurst.

Puis descendance.

Collection particulière. 

Bibliographie :

-CHEVALLIER, DANCOISNE-MARTINEAU, LENTZ (dir), « Sainte-Hélène, île de mémoire », Fayard, 2005, p.133.

RELATED LITERATURE

Chevallier, Dancoisne-Martineau, Lentz (dir.), « Sainte-Hélène, île de mémoire », Fayard, 2005, p.133.


To ensure the difficult relationship between the French exiles on St Helena and Governor Hudson Lowe, a "officier d’ordonnance" was sent to Longwood House with the heavy responsibility of following Napoleon I on his rare trips outside Longwood.


The first of these officers was Captain Poppleton of the 53rd Infantry. Educated and intelligent, he established a relationship of trust with the exiles. In July 1817, when his regiment was relieved of their function, he asked to keep his post with Napoleon I, which was refused.

Before leaving Longwood, he received a letter from the Grand Marshal, who presented him with a snuffbox from the Emperor as a token of appreciation for his service at Longwood as an ordinance officer. The Captain also received some jewellery and gifts for Mrs Poppleton.

Poppleton died in 1827 and asked that the following inscription be placed on his grave: 'Honoured by the esteem of Napoleon, who was under his personnal charge for two years in St Helena.'

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Pour assurer les relations, difficiles, entre les exilés français de Sainte Hélène et le gouverneur Hudson Lowe, un officier d’ordonnance était dépêché à Longwood House avec la lourde charge de suivre Napoléon Ier lors de ses rares déplacements hors de Longwood.

Le premier de ces officiers fut le capitaine Poppleton, du 53e régiment d’infanterie. Instruit et intelligent, il instaure une relation de confiance avec les exilés. En juillet 1817, lors de la relève de son régiment, il demande à conserver son poste auprès de Napoléon Ier, ce qui lui est refusé.


Avant de quitter Longwood, il reçut une lettre du grand maréchal, qui lui remit de la part de l’Empereur une tabatière en témoignage de satisfaction de son service à Longwood comme officier d’ordonnance. Le capitaine reçut aussi quelques bijoux et présents pour Mme Poppleton.


Poppleton meurt en 1827 et demandera que l’on inscrive la mention suivante sur sa tombe : « Honoured by the esteem of Napoleon, who was under his personnal charge for two years in St Helena. »