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Napoleon Bonaparte

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Napoleon, the Emperor of France from 1804–1815, was one of the most notorious of Britain's political enemies. Haydon greatly admired the French leader and he painted dozens of pictures of him, bought his death-mask and even tried on his hat which, according to him, fitted exactly. His first Napoleon picture was painted for Thomas Kearsey in 1829 and was exhibited at the Western Exchange in 1830 as Napoleon Musing After Sunset.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

c.1830

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 76.2 x W 63.1 cm

Accession number

6266

Acquisition method

Transferred from the National Gallery, 1994

Work type

Painting


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