Esposizione Funebre Napoleone BonaparteNel suo Letto di Campagna / Morto a S Elena il 5 Maggio 1821
Stipple and etching with very large margins, platemark 235 x 155mm (9¼ x 6"). Staining; very rare.
Unusual print published in Livorno, Italy, of Napoleon on his death bed on St Helena, receiving the last rites from Abbé Ange Vignali shortly before his death in 1821. Vignali took a number of Napoleon's personal affects back to his home in Corsica, including a copy of the Emperor's will, his waistcoat, some hair, a pair of his breeches, and most controversialy his penis! The collection was sold by Vignali's family to Maggs Brothers of London in 1916.
see Bess Lovejoy, 'Rest in Pieces: the Curious Fates of Famous Corpses'.
[Ref: 35937] £160.00