Stipple with very large margins. Proof before letters. Platemark: 380 x 270mm (15 x 10½").
A portrait of Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte (1768 - 1844), the elder brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. Seated on a throne, facing the left, holding a sceptre in both hands, wearing a crown and coronation robes with the honey bee motif, a prominent political emblem for both the First and Second Napoleonic Empires. Joseph was made king of Naples and Sicily (1806 - 08), and then king of Spain (1808 - 13). After Napoleon's defeat, Joseph moved to the United States, but spent his final years in Europe. He died in Italy in 1844. The Greater arms of the first French Empire (1804 - 1814 and 1815) is shown below the portrait.
[Ref: 35953] £230.00