The Shade of Napoleon.
Rare etching with some aquatint printed in red ink, puzzle print; image 100 x 165mm. 4 x 6½". Two vertical fold creases. A little soiled and stained. Margins a little trimmed.
The trunks of two willow trees, together with their branches and other foliage, form the outline profile of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821), beside a simple moonlit grave on the Atlantic island of Saint Helena. A woman in a mourning veil lays a wreath beside the French Imperial eagle lower left. This one of several puzzle-type prints on the same theme published in the aftermath of Napoleon's death.
For similar puzzle prints of Napoleon at his tomb see also refs. 23473 and 19762.
[Ref: 26333] £60.00