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The empress Eugénie, study for "The Baptism of the prince imperial"

Artist: COUTURE Thomas (1815-1879)

Date: circa 1856-62

Technique: Oil on canvas

Dimensions : H. 0.53 m; W. 0.64 m

Place:Compiègne, Musée du Second Empire

Subjects: Artistic policy, Eugénie (Empress) (1826-1920)

Key words: woman, kneeling, prayer, motherhood, sketch

Credits: Fondation Napoléon/K.Huguenaud


In addition to the present work, Compiègne possesses twelve âinted sketches and forty preparatort designs for the (never-completed) commission, "The Baptism of the prince imperial". Couture worked from a photograph of the empress in the pose which he himself had chosen.

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