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Emperor Napoleon III

Artist: WINTERHALTER Franz-Xaver (1805-1873)

Date: 1857

Dimensions : H. 1.40 m; W. 1.10 m

Place:Compiègne, Musée du Second Empire

Subjects: Napoleon III (1808-1873)

Credits: Fondation Napoléon


Napoleon is shown in his town attire, black morning coat with the rosette of the Légion d'honneur in his button-hole. Unsigned, this portrait is traditionally attributed to Winterhalter.
Compiègne Itinerary


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