Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), military commander; First Consul 1799–1804; Emperor of the French 1804–1814, 1815. This is a replica in grisaille, painted for an engraving, of Vernet’s much larger picture now in the Hermitage, St Petersburg, commissioned by Tsar Nicholas I and painted in 1838. The Wallace Collection’s replica was completed by 1842. While reviewing the Guard, Napoleon, accompanied by his officers (including several Marshals), turns towards a one-legged petitioner wearing an eye patch. The place du Carrousel in Paris was frequently used for reviews of the Guard by Napoleon; the review intended here may have taken place c.1808–1809.
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