“Alexandre Dumas and Napoleon Bonaparte were two generals whose destinies were inextricably linked to the events of the royalist insurrection of October 5, 1795, which saw the rise of Bonaparte at the expense of Dumas, condemning the latter to the oblivion of History.”
The museum welcomes for the first time in Villers-Cotterêts the authentic portrait of General Dumas as a hunter painted by Louis Gauffier at the end of the 18th century (on loan from the Bonnat-Helleu museum in Bayonne) and which served as a model for Olivier Pichat to produce the equestrian portrait of the Horatius Coclès of Tyrol. This painting, alongside the permanent collections of the museum help to illustrate the intertwined destinies of these two influential figures in the early 19th century.
Open every day except Tuesday at the following times:
Closed on public holidays and the last Sunday of the month
Place: Musée Alexandre Dumas, 24 Rue Demoustier, 02600 Villers-Cotterets
For more information, see here. (in French)