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Bust of Napoleon I, n.d.

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MS. 21088 photogr. 1/54
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Image of a Bust of Napoleon I, showing a frontal view of the statuette in front of a backdrop. The portrait bust in this photograph is of Napoleon I (1769-1821) and is probably a statuette after the original by Antoine-Denis Chaudet (1763-1810).

On the verso, written in pencil, is "Napoleon".

This is the only known print of the image.

Dates

  • Creation: n.d.

Extent

1 item

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is light-sensitive. To ensure its availability to future readers, access to this material is restricted, and requires specialist support. Readers are asked to work from reproductions and published descriptions as far as possible. To apply to see the original, please send a message to specialcollections.enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, outlining the subject of your research, the importance of this item to that research, and the resources you have already consulted.

Shelfmark

MS. 21088 photogr. 1/54

Biographical / Historical

Chaudet made his original plaster model for the portrait bust of Napoleon in 1799. The final marble version of the bust, made from Chaudet's original plaster model, dates from 1804 and became the official portrait of Napoleon. As such it was widely-reproduced in different materials and sizes. For example, porcelain versions of the bust were made in three sizes by the Sèvres porcelain factory from 1805. Similarly, around 1,200 marble versions of the portrait bust were carved by the workshops at Carrera between 1807 and 1809. These marble versions were intended for display in public buildings in France, however many of them were destroyed when the Bourbon monarchy was restored in 1814.

Other Finding Aids

See also the Talbot Catalogue Raisonné, a detailed inventory of Talbot photographs located around the world. The Catalogue Raisonné is organised by Schaaf number. The Schaaf number for this item is Schaaf 187.

Existence and Location of Copies

A digital surrogate for this item is available in Digital Bodleian.

Physical Facet

Artifact type: Salted Paper Print; Process type: Calotype; Type: Loose print

Physical Facet

Watermark: J Whatman Turkey Mill 1840 paper

Dimensions

Image dimensions:height 190mm x width 223mm

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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