The present bust is a reduction of this portrait and is the only known reduction in marble. A terracotta version is in the Musée Chéret in Nice. Carpeaux dated his portrait 13 Janvier 1873, marking not the date of composition but the day that he paid his respects to the Emperor. His drawings of Napoléon's open coffin are dated to the same day.
J. Forneris and J. Ginépro, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1827-1875, exh. cat. Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, 1980, no. 79; C. Jeancolas, Carpeaux. Sculpteur et peintre, Lausanne, 1987, p. 170
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