A version with minor variations of a painting (now untraced) which Vernet produced immediately after learning in July 1821 of Napoleon’s death on the island of St Helena two months earlier (on 5 May). The Wallace Collection’s painting was completed by October of the same year. Napoleon’s grave was by a narrow stream, but Vernet places it dramatically on a promontory by the sea, with the wreckage of a ship inscribed with the names of the Emperor’s most important battles. General Charles-Tristan Montholon (1783–1853) and General Henri-Gatien Bertrand (1773–1844) with his family, who were present on St Helena, console one another, while the cloud-borne mourners in the right background include some of Napoleon’s dead Marshals.
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