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Napoleon and his Staff
  • (Jean-Louis-) Ernest Meissonier (1815 - 1891)
  • Napoleon and his Staff
  • France
  • 1868
  • Painting
  • Oil on mahogany panel with additions of sycamore down each side
  • Image size: 16.8 x 18 cm
  • Signature: 'EMeissonier 1868', the 'EM' in monogram
  • P290
  • West Gallery III
Further Reading
  • Napoleon, wearing the green coat of the chasseurs à cheval which he often wore on campaign, is shown here with his staff officers. It is difficult to identify the foremost officers, but it is known from a surviving account book of Meisonnier’s, that they include Marshals Berthier, Duroc, Caulaincourt, Ney and Drouot. In the background, above and behind the elbow of the officer immediately to the left of Napoleon, is the red and white headdress of Roustam Raza, Napoleon’s faithful Mameluke servant. This detail is said to have been added by Meissonier at the request of the 4th Marquess of Hertford who was very knowledgeable about the life and times of Napoleon. The painting is one of the few known to have been bought by Lord Herford direct from the artist.