The Wallace Collection

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Napoleon I
  • Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767 - 1855)
  • Napoleon I
  • France
  • 1810
  • Miniature
  • Watercolour on ivory
  • Image size: 5.7 x 3.9 cm
  • Signature: 'Isabey 1810'
    Label: '10'
    Label: '1610'
  • M230
  • West Gallery III
Commentary
History
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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 simialr 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 red Court dress, the Legion of Honour, and a black cap crowned with a golden laurel. The miniature is housed in a silver frame composed of Roman eagles surmounted by the Imperial Crown and showing at the foot the Napoleonic 'N' and the cross of the Legion of Honour. It is therefore possible that this miniature belonged to the Emperor or a member of the Imperial family.