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Filename: K050089.jpg

Size: 3414 x 5123 (19.5MB)

Date: 4th April 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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Lefevre - Napoleon K050089

APSLEY HOUSE, London. Detail of the portrait of Napoleon by Robert LEFEVRE (1755-1830)

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This detail from Robert Lefevre's portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte, housed at Apsley House in London, offers a glimpse into the complex history of one of the most influential figures in European history. Painted in 1812, during Napoleon's exile on the island of Elba, the portrait showcases the fallen emperor in military regalia, a testament to his former power and grandeur. The portrait was commissioned by the 1st Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, who famously defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Apsley House, where the painting now resides, was once the duke's London residence and a symbol of his military triumph. Napoleon's reign, marked by military conquests and political reforms, had a profound impact on Europe's political landscape. His military campaigns expanded the French Empire to its zenith, but ultimately led to his downfall and exile. The portrait, with its intricate details and lifelike depiction, serves as a poignant reminder of the military monarch's rise and fall. The intricate textures of Napoleon's uniform, the subtle play of light on his face, and the intense gaze that seems to penetrate the viewer's soul, all contribute to the painting's enduring allure. The portrait's presence at Apsley House, in the heart of London, is a testament to the historical significance of both the subject and the duke who acquired it. This detail from Lefevre's masterpiece invites us to reflect on the complexities of military power, monarchy, and the indelible mark that Napoleon left on European history.

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