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Napoleon I
  • Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767 - 1855)
  • Napoleon I
  • France
  • 1812
  • Miniature
  • Watercolour on card
  • Image size: 13.5 x 9.4 cm
  • Signature: 'Isabey 1812'
    Label: '1602 Napoleon I: and the Empress'
  • M215
  • West Gallery III
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This is one of innumerable small bust-length portraits of Napoleon looking to his left painted by Isabey and his studio. They were produced to a similar pattern, the head being adjusted slightly to take account of changes in Napoleon's appearance as he grew older, while the uniform and orders might be altered according to individual circumstances. Here he is shown wearing the uniform of the Chasseurs à cheval, the ribbon and cross of the Legion of Honour, the star of the Iron Crown and the badge of the Grand eagle of the Legion of Honour. This miniature is framed with a miniature portrait of Josephine by Isabey (see Isabey, 'The Empress Joséphine', M215)