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Title Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte
Collection National Trust for Scotland (Culzean Castle)
Artist Lefèvre, Robert (French painter, 1755-1830)
Date 1813
Signed yes
Description This is a full-length portrait of Napoleon (1769-1821; Emperor 1804-14) in uniform, standing in a palatial interior. Two volumes entitled Code Napoléon lie on the table. They refer to the new Civil Code, which had been named ‘Code Napoléon' in 1807 to promote him as a legislator. The portrait, dating from 1813, is similar to Lefèvre's earlier Portrait of Napoleon (1809, Musée Carnavalet, Paris) and David's Portrait of Napoleon in His Study (1812, National Gallery of Art, Washington). Archibald Kennedy (12th Earl of Cassillis) acquired this portrait during his travels in Europe after the Napoleonic Wars.
Current Accession Number 45.61
Inscription front ll 'Robert Lefevre f.t. 1813'
Subject portrait (Napoleon)
Measurements 238 x 160 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by the 5th Marquess of Ailsa 1945.
Provenance Purchased by Archibald Kennedy (12th Earl of Cassillis, 1st Marquess of Ailsa) about 1816; by descent to the 5th Marquess of Ailsa 1943.
Publications Moss, M., The Magnificent Castle of Culzean and the Kennedy Family, Edinburgh, 2002, p.122; Culzean Castle, National Trust for Scotland, Edinburgh, 2006, ill. p.43.
Rights Owner National Trust for Scotland
Author Dr Claudia Heide




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