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Napoleon (1769–1821)
Napoleon (1769–1821)
Napoleon (1769–1821)
Napoleon (1769–1821)
Napoleon (1769–1821)
Napoleon (1769–1821)
Napoleon (1769–1821)

Photo credit: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

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A life size statute of Napoleon with his right hand extended, holding an open container for snuff. It was used as an advertisement outside a tobacco shop from the mid-nineteenth century until c.1995. It is on a base with wheels.

The work belonged originally to John Bell, tobacconist, who was a member of the Company of Merchant Adventurers in the 1820s. Napoleon was well-known as a user of snuff and visitors to the Merchant Adventurers' Hall from France immediately make the connection between Napoleon and tobacco.

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall







H 170 x W 59 x D 32 cm;
Plinth: H 7 x W 52 x D 32 cm

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on loan from Mrs Judith Thorpe

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Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Fossgate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9XD England

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