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Filename: N070468.jpg

Size: 3636 x 5000 (15.7MB)

Date: 10th January 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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Lefevre - Napoleon Bonaparte N070468

APSLEY HOUSE, London. " Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor" (1769-1821) by Robert Lefevre (1755-1830)

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This striking portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte, painted by Robert Lefevre in 1802, captures the charisma and power of the French military and political leader during the height of his imperial reign. The painting, titled "Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor," is now housed at Apsley House in London, the former residence of the Duke of Wellington, who famously defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Born in Corsica in 1769, Napoleon rose through the ranks of the French military to become a general under the French Revolution. He seized power in a coup d'├ętat in 1799 and established the Napoleonic Empire, which ruled much of Europe until his final defeat at Waterloo. Lefevre's painting depicts Napoleon in the full regalia of his imperial robes, with a confident and determined expression on his face. The artist skillfully captures the intricate details of the emperor's uniform, from the golden eagle on his bicorne hat to the order of the Legion of Honor sash draped across his chest. The portrait reflects the grandeur and opulence of the Napoleonic Empire, which was known for its elaborate court ceremonies and grandiose buildings. At the same time, it also hints at the underlying tension and instability of the period, as Napoleon's empire was facing increasing opposition from European powers and internal rebellions. Today, Lefevre's painting is an important historical artifact that offers a glimpse into the complex and fascinating world of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Napoleonic Era. It serves as a reminder of the enduring legacy of this remarkable leader, who continues to captivate the imagination of historians, artists, and the public alike.

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