[Napoleon on board the Bellerophon.]
[London: J.S. Virtue & Co Limited.] [n.d., c.1880.]
Steel engraving with very large margins; proof before letters. 290 x 380mm (11˝ x 15"). Slight staining at edges of border.
A scene on board 'HMS Bellepheron', en route to St Helena: Bonaparte is depicted wearing the uniform of a ‘chasseur a cheval’ of the Imperial Guard, staring despondently out to sea. Behind the deposed emperor are his retinue, standing awkwardly: identified as (from left to right) Planat, Montholon, Maingaut, Las Cases, Savary, Lallemand and Bertrand. At the rail Las Cases's son is more interested in the working crewmen. After the painting by Sir William Quiller Orchardson, first exhibited in 1880, now in the Tate collection.
[Ref: 35985] £75.00