Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834) After Emile-Jean Horace Vernet (1789-1863)
Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834) After Emile-Jean Horace Vernet (1789-1863)
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Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834) After Emile-Jean Horace Vernet (1789-1863)

Henry Bone, R.A. (British, 1755-1834) After Emile-Jean Horace Vernet (1789-1863)
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), Emperor of France 1804-1814/15, in grey coat and bicorn hat adorned with the Légion d’Honneur
Signed, dated and inscribed on the counter-enamel 'Napoleon Buonaparte / London / May 1817. / Painted by Henry Bone R.A. / Enamel=painter in Ordinary to / His Majesty, and Enamel=painter / to His Royal Highness the Prince / Regent, after the Original by / Horace Vernet, painted 1816.' and a code 'IB / 2B-P'
Enamel on copper
Oval, 138 mm., ormolu mount surmounted by the imperial crown with sceptre and orb, cartouche with initial N, pierced oak leaf surround on one side and laurel on the other, an eagle suspended with the badge of the Légion d'Honneur, in a later rectangular silk-lined frame
Mikel Papier (1889-1948) Collection, and by descent.
R. Walker, 'Henry Bone's Pencil Drawings in the National Portrait Gallery', The Walpole Society, 1999, LXI, p. 337, no. 374.

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Lot Essay

The orignal painting after which the present enamel derives is by Emile-Jean Horace Vernet (1789-1863) and is signed and dated 1816. It is one of three portraits of Napoleon commissioned by Lord Kinnaird (1780-1826) and was sold Sotheby's, Paris, 27 June 2002, lot 135. The painting, which depicts Napoleon on horseback commemorates his return to Paris on 20 March 1815 from his exile on the island of Elba. One of the other Kinnaird commissions, depicting Napoleon in the uniform of the chasseurs-à-cheval de la Garde is in the National Gallery, London (inv. no. NG 1285).
The preparatory drawing by Henry Bone for the present portrait, dated 1817 and inscribed 'after Vernet' and 'Napole[ ] Bonaparte', is in the National Portrait Gallery, London (inv. no. NPG D17692).
A further preparatory drawing of Napoleon after François Pascal Simon, Baron Gérard (1770-1837) is in the National Portrait Gallery, London (inv. no. NPG D177776) and R. Walker, op. cit., records its corresponding enamel by Henry Pierce Bone, signed and dated 1849, on p. 337, no. 375. The original by Gérard is in the collection of the Duke of Wellington and a number of enamel copies by Henry Pierce Bone are listed in the Henry Pierce Bone auctions at Christie's in the 19th century.
A portrait miniature on paper of Napoleon on horseback by Vernet, within an emblematic surround painted by Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879) is in the Wallace Collection, London (inv. no. M313).

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