Napoleon Buonaparte First Consul.
Published Feb. 23 ____ by Mr Turner 50 Warren Street, Fitzroy Square, London.
Mezzotint with large margins, platemark 360 x 255mm (14¼ x 10"). Tipped into album sheet. Rare
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), French military and political leader. Privately-commissioned mezzotint engraved from a portrait by Thomas Phillips, painted in 1802, the year of the Treaty of Amiens which temporarily ceased hostilities between Britain and France. The resulting Peace of Amiens, which lasted until May 1803, was the only period of peace during the Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815). During this time, Phillips was commissioned by the Duke of Northumberland to paint Napoleon and spent three months in Paris. Due to time restrictions Phillips was only able to make a brief sketch, but painted several versions of it (including one for Lord Egremont, now at Petworth). The melancholic expression captured by Phillips would subsequently be echoed in other portraits he painted, such as that of Lord Byron. Due to the circumstances of its execution it is is one of few sympathetic British likenesses of Napoleon. It is interesting, too, for engraver Charles Turner's unusual use of the mezzotint technique, lightening the areas around Napoleon's features, in constrast to the customary process of lightening the sitter's features against a darker background.
Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; Whitman 399
[Ref: 34930] £360.00