Etching with very large margins, unfinished proof. 590 x 420mm (23¼ x 16½"). Margins spotted.
A scarce etching after the painting of Napoleon in his coronation robes by François Gérard (1770-1837), now in Versailles. The emperor's face & robes and much of the background are incomplete. A 1917 Francis Edwards Napoleonic catalogue lists a proof state with a decorative border, still lacking here. The engraver, John Charles Bromley junior (1795-1839), usually used mezzotint for his portraits: it it probable that he intended to finish this plate with mezzotint, but we have been unable to trace a completed plate to verify this.
[Ref: 35500] £360.00