The Wallace Collection

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The Empress Marie-Louise
  • Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767 - 1855)
  • The Empress Marie-Louise
  • France
  • 1810 - 1850
  • Miniature
  • Watercolour on ivory, rock crystal, quartz.
  • Image size: 3.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Signature: 'Isabey'
    Inscription: 'Marie Louise / fille de l'empe / reur François I., / épouse de l'empe-/ reur Napoleon I., / peint par Isabey. / signé a droite: / Isabey' In ink
  • M212
  • Not on display
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Marie-Louise, daughter of Francis I of Austria, marrid Napoleon in 1810 as his second wife after his divorce from Joséphine. Napoleon hoped that Marie-Louise would be able to bear him the son that Joséphine had been unable to provide. This she duly did in March 1811, with the birth of a son who was immediately given the title King of Rome. This is not a work of the highest quality.